Daavlin, a leading U.S. manufacturer of phototherapy units, is teaming up with HealthLens to increase access to phototherapy via teledermatology.

Appointment wait times for dermatology services have increased by 46 percent since 2009, according to a by Greater Access for Patient Partners (GAPP). The average wait time to receive a dermatology appointment is 32.3 days. 

DaavlinDirect connects board-certified physicians with patients through an online telemedicine portal powered by HealthLens.  Patients can secure an online consultation with a physician of their choice through a computer, smartphone or tablet.  After answering a brief health history and uploading a few photos of their skin condition, the information is electronically encrypted and securely sent to the selected physician.  The patient information is then reviewed and the physician typically responds within 1-2 business days. If the physician determines that home phototherapy is the right treatment for the psoriasis, vitiligo or eczema patient, a light therapy prescription is sent to Daavlin to fill.

Patients in the states of California, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee are currently able to use the service. 

"We are very excited to launch DaavlinDirect in a few states now and look forward to adding coverage over the coming months," says Traci Hartman, Vice President of Consumer Markets for Daavlin.