DermUtopia Co-founder Christine Shanahan presenting findings at the University of Virginia School of Medicine

Christine Shanahan found herself drawn to the medical field and specifically dermatology as a young child. At the age of 16, she was given the opportunity to travel to the mountain towns outside of Acapulco, Mexico to assist volunteering dermatologists as they provided care for the underserved residents of the area. This experience highlighted that access to medical care is a worldwide problem. As a result, she was motivated to develop solutions to this problem. Her interest in healthcare remained constant throughout her years at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, guiding her to complete a BS degree in Neuroscience with a pre-medical concentration.

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Excerpt from Dermatology World – April 2015:

While 90 percent of respondents reported that their organizations have already begun developing or implementing a telemedicine program, 41 percent said their organizations do not receive any reimbursement for these services. Twenty percent of executives reported receiving lower rates from managed care companies for telemedicine than in-person visits. Medicare’s thin coverage practices for telemedicine were the biggest reimbursement concern for 21 percent of respondents while 18 percent said they were most uneasy about state laws failing to mandate that commercial companies pay for such services.

That is the same message Brenda Dintiman, MD, a dermatologist from Fairfax, Virginia who testified as a small practitioner on behalf of the AAD, delivered before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology.

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