How can emergency physicians harness the power of new technologies in clinical practice and education?

Emerg Med J. 2018 Mar;35(3):156-158. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2017-207239.


As the Royal College of Emergency Medicine looks back on 50 years of progress towards the future it is clear that new and emerging technologies have the potential to substantially change the practice of emergency medicine. Education, diagnostics, therapeutics are all likely to change as algorithms, personalised medicine and insights into complexity become more readily available to the emergency clinician. This paper outlines areas of our practice that are already changing and speculates on how we might need to prepare our workforce for a technologically enhanced future.

Keywords: education; emergency ambulance systems; emergency care systems; emergency departments.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Medicine* / history
  • Emergency Medicine* / trends
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / trends
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Inventions / trends*
  • Workforce