Teledermatology Background

Dr Bowling has long been interested in teledermatology and telemedicine as a method of improving communication between healthcare professionals and the public. He has become involved in a number of innovative teledermatology projects and has published and presented at national and International meetings on the subject.

Teledermatology Innovation –  FirstDerm – Your Online Dermatologist

Dr Bowling is a Senior Advisor to First Derm, an innovative online dermatology service providing a dermatology service direct to the public. After downloading the app, take an image, complete the dataset, send to the system and await a response. It even acknowledges geo-location to help you find your nearest dermatologist.

over 20k cases have been answered in 6 languages

over 200k downloads of our app

with users from 160 countries.

This service has been featured in numerous media outlets including, CNN, Forbes, and the BBC’s news and technology show ‘Click’.

For more information on the service and to download the app visit:

Teledermoscopy Service – Shropshire CCG teledermatology service

Dr Bowling, in partnership with InHealth and TeleHealth Diagnostics, delivered a teledermoscopy service for  Shropshire CCG. This contract ran over a 3-year period.

data from the first quarter of 2014 showed a 47% reduction in onwards referrals

For more details on this teledermoscopy service please take a look at

Teledermatology Training – Buckinghamshire Teledermatology and Teledermoscopy project

Dr Bowling was commissioned to deliver training in teledermoscopy for Buckinghamshire GPs in 2012 and 2013. He delivered bespoke teledermatology training material to the GPs as well as providing regular training and feedback on ‘live’ cases.

65% of patients were directed to either care in the community or required no onward referral

For more details on this teledermatology pilot please take a look at

Teledermatology Clinics – Online clinics for TalkHealth partnership

Dr Bowling has provided an expert opinion for TalkHealth Partnership providing online clinics, in partnership with NHS Choices, since 2012.

Talkhealth is one of the UK’s leading online social health communities, providing FREE interactive support and information on a wide range of health conditions and subjects. It is a platform for you to ‘have your say’ on current health issues and a place to find in-depth and trusted information. talkhealth allows you the opportunity to take control in decisions concerning your health and wellbeing in a positive way.

Keep an eye out for the next skin clinic or other online clinics at,

Teledermatology Presentations – National and International Meetings

In 2016 Dr Bowling has been invited to lecture at the 6th World Congress of Teledermatology in London on ‘Teledermoscopy in practice: Crossing the Innovation Chasm’

In 2010 Dr Bowling was invited to debate ‘Tele-Dermoscopy: A UK perspective’ at the 89th Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists, Manchester, UK.

In 2010 Dr Bowling presented his concerns on ‘High street Mole clinics’ and their use of teledermoscopy in his lecture ‘The Commercialisation of Cancer’ at the European Academy of DermatoVenereology Meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Teledermoscopy Education – Book Chapter

Dr Bowling co-wrote the Teledermoscopy chapter in ‘Telemedicine in Dermatology ‘ published by Springer in 2012.

For more information on this book chapter please visit

Teledermatology Research – The first teledermatology pilot for patients with psoriasis

Dr Bowling has always been keen to use telemedicine to improve access to expert opinions. In partnership with TeleHeath Diagnostics and with the support of an educational grant from AbbVie Dr Bowling started the first teledermatology pilot for patients with psoriasis. The aim of the pilot was to measure whether a teledermatology consultation could reduce the impact that psoriasis has on a patient’s quality of life. Positive patient outcomes have already been seen and news of this service has already been featured on BBC TV. If an improvement of quality of life can be seen with this service then perhaps this type of service may well become incorporated into traditional referral pathways for patients with psoriasis.