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Teledermatology for suspected skin cancers

Definitions telehealth

Created 2017.


  • Telehealth: a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services.
  • Teledermatology: dermatology at a distance — can be mobile, web-based, use proprietary software, and at its simplest includes a telephone conversation.
  • Telederm(at)oscopy: derm(at)oscopy at a distance.
  • High Suspicion of Cancer: Ministry term used by DHBs to track referrals that have been tagged as suspicious of invasive melanoma.
  • First Specialist Appointment: Ministry term used by DHBs to identify the appointment that follows a new referral.

Digital images

Digital derm(at)oscopy: derm(at)oscopic images, ie, computer files  
Media metadata include:

  • File size (number of megabytes)
  • File format (eg JPEG file)
  • Resolution (the number of pixels per inch)
  • Colour depth (the number of colours the software uses)
  • Dimensions (width x height in pixels)
  • Quality (compression as ratio or percentage).  

 media info

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