About Us : Our History

Our History

Anne E. Burdick, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Dean for TeleHealth and Clinical Outreach and Professor of Dermatology leads UM’s telemedicine services in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Burdick has been active in telemedicine for over 20 years. In 1993, she provided live interactive teledermatology consultations evaluating migrant workers at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Clinica Campesina, in Homestead, Florida. This project was reported in the first article on teledermatology in the Archives of Dermatology Journal, now called JAMA Dermatology.

In the late 1990s, UM radiologists evaluated abdominal X-Rays of suspected drug smugglers identified by U.S. Customs officers at California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Texas airports for several years.

Since 2002, UM dermatologists provide remote live interactive specialty consultations to children receiving health care through the Florida Department of Health Children’s Medical Services in several clinics in the state.

In 2003 and 2004, UM dermatologists were consultants for military personnel and their dependents at the Tyndall Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle using store-and-forward teledermatology software.

From 2005 to 2009, UM dermatologists assessed active and retired military and their dependents in the U.S. Department of Defense Great Plains Region via store-and-forward technology. Dermatology residents participated in this new model of providing specialty care at a distance. During this time, UM psychiatrists evaluated individuals in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee centers in Arizona and California.

Since 2013, UM dermatologists have been offering weekly scheduled live teledermatology consults to students in the 9 of the Miami-Dade County public schools. In addition, UM Pediatric Mobile Clinic patients are evaluated by store-and forward and also live teleconsultations in many several in South Florida.

Since 2010, UM dermatologist consult on individuals receiving care through the U.S. Indian Health Services and Alaska Native Tribal Consortium in several nations in eastern U.S.

Since 2011, UM dermatologists provide store-and-forward teledermatology consults to crew and guests with urgent skin conditions on 2 major cruise lines.

Teledermatology consults are provided to patients who are homebound and in skilled nursing facilities on the west coast of Florida.

The UM TeleHealth Department also facilitates live interactive teleconsultations in the many other specialties of telecardiology, tele-endocrinology, telegenetics, telepsychiatry, teleneurology, and telenutrition.