I’ve heard about “virtual visits” with dermatologists—do these visits work, and can I do one for my child?

Online and mobile health care apps are numerous, but when it comes to dermatology, the ability to conduct an online visit with a dermatology specialist is proving to be a very successful application for such technology. That’s because dermatology is such a visual area of practice, and thankfully, today’s smart phones take high-quality pictures that can be easily shared with a doctor. But as with anything, patients should be sure to select an app that takes a clinical approach to the virtual visit, whether it’s for you or your child. Here are some things to look for in a dermatology visit app: