Implementing digital emergency medicine: a call to action.
As digital technologies continue to impact medicine, emergency medicine providers have an opportunity to work together to harness these technologies and shape their implementation within our healthcare system. COVID-19 and the rapid scaling of virtual care provide an example of how profoundly emergency medicine can be affected by digital technology, both positively and negatively. This example also strengthens the case for why EM providers can help lead the integration of digital technologies within our broader healthcare system. As virtual care becomes a permanent fixture of our system, and other technologies such as AI and wearables break into Canadian healthcare, more advocacy, research, and health system leadership will be required to best leverage these tools. This paper outlines the purpose and outputs of the newly founded CAEP Digital Emergency Medicine (DigEM) Committee, with the hope of inspiring further interest amongst CAEP members and creating opportunities to collaborate with other organizations within CAEP and across EM groups nationwide.
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