Video: Using Mobile Technology to Provide Specialty Healthcare for Remote Communities

Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Dr. Kovarik has a special interest in tropical, infectious, and HIV-related dermatology. Dr. Kovarik is the Head of Dermatology, as well as Telemedicine and Informatics, for the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. She is also the primary dermatology consultant for the Baylor International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) in Africa. Dr. Kovarik has created an African teledermatol- ogy consult service (africa.telederm.org) which is a collaborative effort between BIPAI, the American Academy of Dermatology, twelve African countries, and several other institu- tions. Recently, the teledermatology website/application has been translated into Spanish, and programs are underway to expand teledermatology services in Mexico and Central America. Dr. Kovarik has also been working to expand telemedicine services in Africa and Central America through the use of cellular phones. Dr. Kovarik has started an initiative in global health at the University of Pennsylvania, and she is the Director of the Penn Dermatology Global Health Pro- gram. Dr. Kovarik is also the Chair of the Residents’ International Grant Work Group within the AAD and received funding to send over 60 senior dermatology residents in 2008-2012 to participate in 4-6 week rotations on the dermatology consult service in Botswana.

 

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