There is a shortage of government dermatologists to provide services among for the Malaysians population of about 26 million. Bridging the gap in healthcare services for skin diseases should therefore be the focus of dermatologist. Many common skin diseases can be managed in a primary care setting following accurate diagnosis made by dermatologists via Teleconsultation.
TeleDermatology aims to assist health personnel in rural areas with no resident or visiting dermatologist through virtual consultation for patients with skin problems. Advances in ICT allow better visualisation of clinical presentation if skin diseases using digital photography. Service provision is enabled by trained human resource, appropriate infrastructure, hardware and software in addition to the availability of appropriate medications to manage patients with skin diseases.