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Future-proofing Emergency Medicine in the Digital Age

Thursday June 17

Track Chairs

Kendall Ho


Professor of Emergency Medicine, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Lead, Digital Emergency Medicine Unit, Lead, BC Emergency Medicine Network Real Time Virtual Support Pillar, Medial Director Healthlink BC Emergency iDoctors in-assistance (HEiDi).


The COVID pandemic has transformed a large proportion of health care and education, overnight, from in-person to virtual. Novel virtual care models are emerging rapidly in emergency medicine, which will definitively influence multiple aspects of practice, post-COVID. These various aspects include, but are not limited to: patient triage, remote management and monitoring, referrals, discharge & follow up. Meanwhile, digital approaches to professional learning, point-of-care access to clinical guidelines for care, and new ways of using data to inform practice are fundamentally changing our specialty’s approaches education, CPD, and quality improvement. This session highlights some of the innovative virtual care and educational models in emergency medicine that are taking root now, and invites participants to explore together where emergency medicine may go in the future, how digital trends may shape that future, and how we can prepare ourselves for this digital wave, to future-proof our clinical practice and learning.

Learning Objectives

Highlight innovative virtual care and educational models in EM that are taking root now
Explore digital trends that are shaping the future of EM
Prepare emergency practitioners for this digital wave and future-proof our clinical practice and learning


Healthlink BC 8-1-1: a provincial triage model

Digital Learning and Knowledge Exchange Strategies in Emergency Medicine

Provincial Peer-to-Peer Real Time Virtual Support for Rural and Remote Emergency Care

Region Wide Virtual Care in Urban Settings