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  • Published In : Feb 2024
  • Code : CMI4596
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  • Industry : Medical Devices

The global teledermatology market size was valued at US$ 15.4 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach US$ 104.5 Bn by 2031, grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.5% from 2024 to 2031.

Global Teledermatology Market Regional Insights:

  • North America has established itself as the dominant region in the global teledermatology market. With countries like the U.S. and Canada having well-developed healthcare infrastructures and universal healthcare coverage, telemedicine has seen rapid adoption in the region. Several large players have their headquarters in the region and offer teledermatology solutions targeting this market. The focus on reducing costs and improving access to specialty care has driven the growth of teledermatology. Many private and public insurance providers in the region offer coverage for telemedicine visits, making it an affordable option. With a large population covered under health insurance, this has boosted demand.
  • Asia Pacific has emerged as the fastest-growing regional market for teledermatology. Countries like India, China, Japan, and Australia are seeing increasing investments in digital healthcare initiatives by both public and private entities. With a huge patient population and a shortage of dermatologists in rural areas, teledermatology is helping address this issue. The governments are actively working to expand broadband connectivity across their countries, which will aid in the growth of telemedicine applications like teledermatology. While pricing may be currently lower compared to developed markets, rising incomes and awareness about such technology-enabled care options are expected to drive higher adoption. Several Asian companies are also entering this space and targeting markets within the region as well as globally with their affordable solutions. The large unmet needs, supportive regulations, and increasing investments make Asia Pacific an attractive, high growth market for teledermatology.

Analyst View: The global teledermatology market shows promising growth potential over the next decade. Driven by the increasing prevalence of skin diseases and the shortage of dermatologists globally, teledermatology is expected to experience significant adoption. The cost-effective and timely diagnosis it offers for remote locations lacking specialty care can help expand dermatology access to underserved populations. However, low awareness and reluctance to adopt new technologies among some physicians and patients may hamper faster market uptake. North America likely to remain the dominant region due to higher teledermatology penetration and reimbursement coverage However, Asia Pacific is expected to offer lucrative opportunities owing to its huge patient population and growing telehealth investments in India and China. Meaningful use of block chain and AI can further supplement teledermatology by enhancing data security, automated diagnostics, and chronic disease management. Data privacy and regulatory concerns around licensing, reimbursement, and malpractice need addressing to boost provider and patient confidence. Lack of uniform telehealth legislation in some countries poses reimbursement and legal barriers as well. Integration of teledermatology within existing healthcare systems and interoperability with other digital health solutions will determine its long term scalability.

Figure 1. Global Teledermatology Market Share (%), by Region, 2024


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Global Teledermatology Market Drivers:

The increasing prevalence of skin diseases: The increasing prevalence of skin diseases is indeed a key factor propelling the growth of the global teledermatology market. Teledermatology, which utilizes telecommunications technologies to facilitate the exchange of medical information related to skin conditions, has become increasingly relevant in the backdrop of rising skin disease cases. Teledermatology provides broader access to specialized dermatological care, especially in remote or underserved areas where there are fewer dermatologists available. Patients benefit from being able to seek professional medical advice without the need to travel, which is particularly beneficial for those with mobility issues, those living in rural areas, or during times when travel is limited, such as public health crises. Teledermatology facilitates early detection and treatment of skin conditions by providing timely access to dermatologists, which can be critical in diseases like skin cancer. By reducing the need for in-person visits, teledermatology can decrease healthcare costs for both providers and patients, including travel expenses, indirect costs, and time savings. Teledermatology services enable primary care providers to consult with dermatologists and triage cases more effectively, ensuring that patients with more serious conditions receive expedited care. The integration of high-resolution imaging and secure digital platforms enhances the quality of remote consultations and diagnosis, contributing to the growth and acceptance of teledermatology.  For instance, according to an article published by the JAMA Dermatology Journal in June 2021, the prevalence of psoriasis, an itchy skin condition in adults above the age of 20 years in the U.S., was estimated to be 3% based on the epidemiological data collected between July 2019 and December 2020. The same source estimates that around 7.55 million adults in the U.S. suffered from psoriasis in 2020.

Moreover, according to data provided by the National Psoriasis Foundation, U.S., in 2020, it is estimated that around 2% to 3% of the world’s population, or 125 million people across the globe, suffered from psoriasis in 2019.

The growing popularity of mobile health (mHealth) technology: The growing popularity of mobile health (mHealth) technology is indeed a significant factor expected to drive the global teledermatology market. mHealth refers to the use of mobile devices and wireless technology in medical care, and it offers a range of benefits that align well with the objectives and services of teledermatology. mHealth applications on smartphones and tablets make it easier for patients to access dermatological care, especially in remote and resource-limited settings where healthcare infrastructure may be lacking. mHealth apps allow users to track their skin conditions, schedule appointments, and communicate with dermatologists at their convenience, increasing patient engagement and satisfaction. With the high-quality cameras available on mobile devices, patients can capture images of their skin conditions and share them with dermatologists for analysis and recommendations, facilitating accurate remote diagnoses. The use of wearable devices that monitor various health parameters can provide valuable data to dermatologists, offering a more comprehensive picture of a patient's overall health and skin condition. mHealth solutions often reduce the need for in-person clinic visits, which can lower healthcare costs related to travel and time off work, and decrease the burden on healthcare facilities. mHealth technologies enable real-time monitoring and follow-up care for patients with chronic skin diseases, improving the management of these conditions and helping to prevent complications. mHealth apps can deliver educational content about skin health and disease prevention, raising awareness and promoting the early detection of skin conditions.

The high adoption of connected devices: The high adoption of connected devices smartphones, tablets, and various wearable technologies are key drivers propelling the global teledermatology market. Connected devices enable patients to easily access dermatological care. Individuals can consult with dermatologists via video calls, messaging, or through specialized apps, no matter where they are. With connected devices, patients have more ways to engage with their healthcare providers, manage appointments, and follow treatment plans, leading to better patient outcomes. The advanced camera technology available in most smartphones and tablets allows patients to take high-resolution images of their skin conditions to share with their dermatologists, improving the accuracy of remote diagnoses. Wearable devices that monitor health can provide real-time data to healthcare providers, offering insights into a patient's skin condition and overall health, which can be critical for managing chronic dermatological issues. Connected devices facilitate seamless teleconsultation, allowing patients to receive timely advice and second opinions from dermatologists without the need for physical travel. Many connected devices can integrate with existing healthcare systems, enabling the sharing and analysis of patient data to inform treatment decisions and streamline care.

The shortage of dermatologists: the shortage of dermatologists is one of the factors expected to drive the global teledermatology market. The lack of adequate dermatological care, especially in rural and underserved urban areas, creates a significant demand for alternative solutions to address the skin care needs of the population. Teledermatology allows dermatologists to extend their reach beyond their physical location, enabling them to serve patients in remote or underserved areas through virtual consultations. With teledermatology, patients have access to dermatological care without long wait times or the need to travel significant distances to see a specialist. Dermatologists can potentially review and diagnose more cases in less time through teledermatology as compared to traditional in-person consultations, thus optimizing available resources. Teledermatology can act as a support system for primary care providers by allowing them to consult with dermatology specialists for complex cases, improving the quality of care delivered at the primary level. Cases can be distributed among available dermatologists based on their workload and specialty, leading to more efficient use of the limited pool of specialists.

Global Teledermatology Market Opportunities:

  • The growing demand for portable healthcare devices: The growing demand for portable healthcare devices presents a significant opportunity for the expansion of the global teledermatology market. Portable healthcare devices, which include mobile monitoring devices, wearable sensors, and handheld imaging tools, align well with teledermatology services. Portable devices empower patients to access teledermatology services from virtually anywhere, making it especially beneficial for those living in remote areas or with limited mobility. By utilizing devices that they can carry with them, patients may take a more active role in tracking their health, leading to increased engagement in their own dermatological care process. Portable devices can be used to monitor skin conditions over time and alert patients and dermatologists to changes that may need further evaluation or adjustment in treatment. Handheld imaging devices can capture high-quality photos and videos of skin conditions, which can then be shared with dermatologists for remote diagnosis and consultation. Portable healthcare devices that can seamlessly integrate with telehealth platforms enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of virtual dermatological assessments and treatments. The use of portable devices can lead to overall cost savings for the healthcare system by reducing in-person visits, decreasing transportation costs, and saving time for both patients and healthcare providers. Wearable devices provide continuous data collection, offering greater insights into skin health and the potential to improve outcomes through more informed decision-making.
  • The untapped emerging markets: the untapped emerging markets present a significant opportunity for the global teledermatology market. Leveraging these markets can create new avenues for growth and expansion for teledermatology Emerging markets often have rapidly growing economies and populations, leading to an increased demand for healthcare services, including dermatology. Many emerging markets have high rates of mobile device adoption, even in areas where traditional healthcare infrastructure is underdeveloped. This can facilitate the delivery of teledermatology services directly to consumers' hands. In many developing regions, there is a significant shortage of healthcare providers, particularly specialists like dermatologists. Teledermatology can bridge this gap by providing remote consultations and care. As emerging markets improve their healthcare infrastructure, integrating teledermatology services can enhance the quality and reach of healthcare provided to their populations. Governments in emerging markets often launch initiatives to improve healthcare accessibility and outcomes, which can include support for telemedicine and teledermatology platforms. Teledermatology can be a cost-effective solution for emerging markets, offering cost savings for both healthcare providers and patients by reducing the need for travel and in-person consultations. Rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles in emerging markets can lead to an increased prevalence of skin conditions, driving demand for dermatological services. There are opportunities for public-private partnerships and collaborations with local healthcare providers, NGOs, and government bodies to establish and expand teledermatology services in these markets.

Teledermatology Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 15.4 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 - 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 31.5% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 104.5 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East
  • Africa:  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Type: Products, and  Services (Teleconsultation, Telemonitoring, Tele-education)
  • By Application: Skin Cancer, Acne, Anti-aging, Hair Care, and Others
  • By Modality: Store and Forward (Asynchronous), Real Time (Synchronous), and Others
  • By End User: Hospitals and Clinics, Medical Universities, Homecare Settings, and Others
Companies covered:

Aerotel Medical Systems Ltd., MDLIVE, Visby Medical, Inc., Ksyos, VigNet Inc., Allscripts Healthcare, LLC, 3Derm, McKesson Corporation, CureSkin, Honeywell Life Care Solutions, MetaOptima, Koninklijke Philips N.V., 3Gen Consulting, AMD Global Telemedicine, GE Healthcare, First Derm

Growth Drivers:
  • The increasing prevalence of skin diseases
  • The growing popularity of mobile health (mHealth) technology
  • The high adoption of connected devices
  • The shortage of dermatologists
Restraints & Challenges:
  • The licensure and credentialing issues
  • The data privacy and security concerns

 Global Teledermatology Market Trends:

  • The growth in mobile health (mHealth) apps and tools: the growth in mobile health (mHealth) apps and tools represents a key trend in the global teledermatology market. The proliferation of these digital solutions is dramatically changing the landscape of healthcare delivery, including dermatology. mHealth apps enable patients to access dermatologic care from anywhere, at any time, making it especially convenient for those in remote or underserved areas. mHealth tools often include functionalities for monitoring skin conditions and providing remote diagnosis capabilities through image sharing and analysis, thereby facilitating timely and accurate medical advice. Advanced mHealth apps are designed to engage patients in their own care by providing user-friendly interfaces for tracking their health indicators, treatment progress, and appointments. Many mHealth apps can integrate with electronic health records (EHRs), allowing for seamless information sharing and better coordinated care between dermatologists and patients. Apps are increasingly leveraging advanced imaging technologies to assist in the accurate assessment of skin conditions. These can range from high-resolution photography to algorithm-based analyses that aid in early detection and diagnosis. mHealth tools can send reminders for medication administration and follow-up appointments, improving patient compliance and treatment adherence. The widespread use of mHealth apps generates large volumes of data, which can be analyzed to gain insights into dermatological conditions, treatment outcomes, and patient behaviors.
  • The increased adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies: The increased adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies is indeed a key trend in the global teledermatology market. AI and ML are bringing about significant changes by enhancing the capabilities of teledermatology services. Such tools can assist in the early detection and diagnosis of skin cancers and other dermatological conditions with a high level of precision. ML models trained on large datasets of dermatological images can automatically analyze patient-submitted photos to identify potential issues, triage cases, and even suggest potential diagnoses for review by a dermatologist. AI systems can be used to prioritize cases based on the severity and urgency of skin conditions, ensuring that patients with the most critical needs are seen more quickly by dermatologists. AI can help tailor treatment regimens to individual patients by taking into account their medical history, genetics, and other factors that influence treatment effectiveness. Automating certain aspects of the diagnostic process with AI can increase the efficiency of dermatologists, allowing them to focus on more complex cases and treatment plans. By integrating AI and ML into teledermatology platforms, these services can scale up to accommodate growing patient numbers without a corresponding increase in the number of dermatologists required.

 Global Teledermatology Market Restraints:

  • The licensure and credentialing issues: Licensure and credentialing issues represent significant challenges that can hamper the growth of the global teledermatology market. These issues stem from the fact that medical licensing is typically region-specific, and telemedicine often involves the provision of care across state or national boundaries. Dermatologists engaging in teledermatology must comply with licensing requirements in the jurisdiction where the patient is located, not just where the provider is located. This can create a complex regulatory landscape for providers to navigate. In countries like the United States, physicians are required to be licensed in the state where the patient receives their consultation, which can limit the ability of providers to offer services across state lines. For teledermatology services offered through hospitals or health systems, the credentialing process can be time-consuming and may need to be performed separately for each facility within the system. Licensure and credentialing are often tied to insurance and reimbursement. Providers may face difficulties getting reimbursed for telehealth services if they are not properly credentialed or licensed. Providing teledermatology services across national borders is even more complex due to differing medical regulations, licensure requirements, and language barriers. Credentialing and licensure barriers can prevent dermatologists from serving patients in areas with a shortage of medical professionals, exacerbating access issues. Credentialing issues can also limit the ability to use teledermatology as a rapid response tool in emergencies or pandemics, where dermatologists from out-of-state or out-of-country might be willing to provide assistance. Efforts to address licensure and credentialing issues include the development of streamlined processes for multi-state licensure, such as the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact in the U.S., or national licensing schemes in some countries. Streamlining and harmonizing licensure requirements can potentially reduce barriers and encourage the expansion of the teledermatology market. Additionally, more consistent insurance policies and reimbursement for telehealth services can mitigate some of the concerns associated with licensure and credentialing.
  • The data privacy and security concerns: data privacy and security concerns are critical challenges that may hamper the growth of the global teledermatology market. Teledermatology relies on the transmission of sensitive patient information, including personal health records and images of skin conditions, over digital platforms. Patients must trust that their private information is secure in order to be willing to use teledermatology services. Concerns over data breaches or misuse can deter them from seeking out these services. Teledermatology providers must adhere to various regulations governing the protection of health information, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the U.S., the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union, and other national laws. As with all digital health services, teledermatology platforms are potential targets for cyber security attacks, including hacking, phishing, and ransomware, which can lead to the theft or compromise of patient data. A data breach can have serious consequences, including legal action, financial penalties, and damage to the reputation of the teledermatology service provider, which can be difficult to recover from. Secure data sharing and interoperability between different healthcare systems and providers are crucial for effective teledermatology services. This needs to be balanced with ensuring that patient data is protected during the sharing process. The reliance on telecommunication infrastructures, which may vary in security capabilities, adds another layer of complexity to ensuring data privacy and security. For global services, cross-border data transfers pose additional risks and challenges due to varying international data protection laws and the need to safeguard data across jurisdictions. Addressing these concerns requires robust security measures, such as end-to-end encryption of data transmissions, secure storage solutions, regular security audits, comprehensive data privacy policies, ongoing staff training on data protection, and a clear plan for responding to data breaches. Ensuring strong data privacy and security practices will be vital for maintaining the integrity of teledermatology services and fostering market growth.

Recent Developments:

New product launches & Approval:

In May 2021, Google, a software development company, announced the launch of a dermatology tool powered by artificial intelligence that will help users understand issues with their skin, hair, and nails.

In April 2020, Sakhiya Skin Clinic, an India-based dermatological clinic, launched a free skin care consultation and treatment service across India via real time teledermatology, wherein the patient and the dermatologist would exchange medical information regarding the skin conditions using video conferencing. Such launches of teledermatology services help market players to address the COVID-19 pandemic as it offers contactless dermatological care solutions for patients and reduces the risk of transmission of COVID-19 via personal contact.

In March 2020, Integrated Dermatology, a U.S.-based medical and cosmetic solution provider, launched its new teledermatology virtual service to provide a real-time video consultation with a dermatologist for common skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rashes, shingles, lesions, psoriasis, cold sores, wounds, and others.

Acquisition, Collaboration, partnerships & Investment:

In May 2022, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) announced a collaboration with Nurithm lab, a pharmaceutical startup company, to launch an artificial intelligence-driven smartphone app named DermaAid to address access and accuracy problems in the clinical diagnosis of dermatological diseases, including skin and oral cancers. This diagnostic solution uses a machine-learning, AI-driven algorithm.

In July 2021, the National Health Service (NHS), U.K., announced an investment of US$ 27.7 million (£20 million) to support a teledermatology service wherein skin snaps of patients suspected to be suffering from skin cancer would be sent to hospitals for same-day diagnosis of skin cancer. This diagnostic teledermatology service is expected to aid in the early detection of skin cancer remotely from the patient’s home and allow for quicker treatment of skin cancer.

Figure 2. Global Teledermatology Market Share (%), by Type, 2024


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Top companies in Global Teledermatology Market:

  • Aerotel Medical Systems Ltd.
  • Visby Medical, Inc.
  • Ksyos, VigNet Inc.
  • Allscripts Healthcare, LLC
  • 3Derm
  • McKesson Corporation
  • CureSkin
  • Honeywell Life Care Solutions
  • MetaOptima
  • Koninklijke Philips N.V.
  • 3Gen Consulting
  • AMD Global Telemedicine
  • GE Healthcare
  • First Derm

Definition: Teledermatology is a subspecialty of dermatology where telecommunication technologies are used to exchange medical information regarding skin conditions and diseases. This can occur through various platforms, including but not limited to video conferencing, smartphones, the internet, and other communication tools. Its primary purpose is to provide expert skin care to patients remotely, especially those who lack direct access to dermatologists or specialized healthcare. Teledermatology encompasses a range of services such as diagnosis, treatment, education, and management of patients with skin diseases. It can involve direct interaction between the patient and the dermatologist (live interactive teledermatology) or the use of stored images and data (store-and-forward teledermatology).

Frequently Asked Questions

The licensure and credentialing issues and the data privacy and security concerns are some factor can hamper the growth of market.

The increasing prevalence of skin diseases, the growing popularity of mobile health (mHealth) technology, the high adoption of connected devices, and the shortage of dermatologists are some factors driving the demand for market over the forecast period.

Services segment accounted for the largest share of the global teledermatology market.

Aerotel Medical Systems Ltd., MDLIVE, Visby Medical, Inc., Ksyos, VigNet Inc., Allscripts Healthcare, LLC, 3Derm, McKesson Corporation, CureSkin, Honeywell Life Care Solutions, MetaOptima, Koninklijke Philips N.V., 3Gen Consulting, AMD Global Telemedicine, GE Healthcare, First Derm

North America is expected to account for the largest share of the global teledermatology market.

The global teledermatology market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 31.5% from 2024 to 2031.

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