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Evolution of health information management and information technology in emergency medicine

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  • Michael Dinh,

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    1. Department of Emergency Medicine, St Michaels Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and
      Dr Michael Dinh, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Michaels Hospital, Toronto, ON MSB1W8, Canada. Email: mikedinh74@hotmail.com
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  • Matthew Chu

    1. The Canterbury Hospital, Campsie, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Michael Dinh, MB BS, FACEM, Clinical Fellow; Matthew Chu, MB BS, FACEM, Director of Emergency Medicine.

Dr Michael Dinh, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Michaels Hospital, Toronto, ON MSB1W8, Canada. Email: mikedinh74@hotmail.com

Abstract

The implementation of information technology will continue to have important effects on the practice of emergency medicine. Patient registration and tracking systems, telemedicine electronic order entry systems, and the advent of electronic health records are some examples of applications that influence patient care in emergency departments. We review the literature regarding information technology advances in emergency medicine and outline the important role that emergency physicians play in developing and implementing a national health information technology strategy.

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