Response to the influence of teledermatology on health care access and equity

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Dermatology; School of Medicine; Senior Scholars Program

Faculty Mentor

Mehdi Rashighi, MD

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Response or Comment


Dermatology | Health Services Administration | Medical Education | Telemedicine


To the Editor:

We thank Hadeler and his co-authors for their support of our research and for providing additional context regarding telemedicine's impact on health care access and equity.Although we found that teledermatology services performed during the COVID-19 pandemic benefitted minority and Medicaid patients, Hadeler et al highlight previous survey-based studies from 2011 and 2013 to 2016 that demonstrated these patients were the least likely to utilize telemedicine. We believe there are 2 key factors that likely contributed to the increased appointment attendance among minority and Medicaid patients found in our study reflecting the rapidly evolving landscape of telemedicine. These factors are also notable, as they have implications for future access to telemedicine.



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Franciosi EB, Tan AJ, Kassamali B, O'Connor DM, Rashighi M, LaChance A. Response to the influence of teledermatology on health care access and equity. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021 Apr;84(4):e221-e222. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2020.12.037. Epub 2020 Dec 24. PMID: 33359783. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology


Ellen B. Franciosi participated in this study as a medical student in the Senior Scholars research program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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