When getting to the doctor's office is too hard, you may skip it. But not seeing your doctor when you have a health concern puts your well-being at risk.
With advances in telecommunication technology, many doctors offer virtual visits, meeting with you via video from a place that’s more convenient for you.
At Associated Skin Care Specialists we’re dedicated to providing expert skin care for all those in need, and our board-certified dermatologists provide treatment for many skin concerns through telemedicine.
Here, we tell you about our telemedicine service, how it works, and what you can expect during your visit.
Telemedicine in dermatology
Telemedicine is a health service that allows medical providers to treat health issues without an in-office visit. Instead, care is provided using advanced telecommunication technology. You may meet or communicate with your provider by video call, email, or text from your home or office, or an place that’s more convenient for you than coming into the office.
Dermatologists use telemedicine to treat patients with new and chronic skin issues. We can evaluate and diagnose your skin concern, monitor healing following an in-office procedure, or provide follow-up care for chronic skin issues to monitor the effectiveness of your treatment plan.
We can even do a skin cancer screening of an unusual growth or mole through telemedicine.
How it works
At our practice, you can schedule a telemedicine appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists by calling 763-571-4000. Once your visit is scheduled, we email you a consent form. We need you to respond “I agree” on the form and provide your first and last names and date of birth.
Before your virtual visit, one of our medical support staff contacts you by phone to get a detailed history of your skin concern and your medical history. They record this information into your medical record so your dermatologist can review it before your visit.
We send a link to your virtual appointment to your email address, which you use to livestream with your dermatologist. All telemedicine appointments are private and secure.
We request that you meet with your dermatologist in a quiet place that has good lighting.
Your telemedicine visit
During your virtual visit, your dermatologist asks you about your skin problem and the symptoms it causes. Through the computer monitor, they can examine your skin, hair, and nails.
Your dermatologist creates a treatment plan and sends any prescription medications electronically to your pharmacy of choice.
Getting treatment for your skin concern from the comfort of your home makes life easier for you and ensures that you get the medical care you need without disrupting your schedule too much. However, if we’re unable to diagnose your condition virtually or need to take a biopsy (a tissue sample), we may need you to come to the office for further care.
We provide comprehensive dermatology care throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, with offices in Blaine, Maple Grove, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, New Brighton, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. For in-person visits, call to schedule a consultation at the office nearest you.
We also do dermatology research and lab work at our office in Fridley, Minnesota.