A significant number of problems in emergency care are caused by a lack of provider access to pre-existing patient information at the point of care. Medical Emergency Datasets (MEDs) are brief summarizations of an individual’s medical history, providing vital patient information to emergency medical providers. The German MED was validated by German physicians and – based on an international research project – also by Canadian physicians. Physicians in both countries considered the content very useful. The MED is currently being introduced in Germany as part of the Telematic Infrastructure. At the same time, the COVID pandemic forced healthcare professionals around the work to optimize the digital information exchange among different healthcare providers. While the exchange of data is important, additional personal expert advice is sometimes vital. Real time virtual support systems (RTVS) were introduced in Germany and Canada to support team-based healthcare delivery, independent of the actual location. Such systems have been implemented for intensive care, emergency medicine, primary care and several other medical specialties. These systems serve as a safety net, a funnel (appropriate utilization; linking patients back to primary care networks – thus reducing fragmented or disrupted services) and a medical network by building interprofessional relationships.
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