Identifying Optimal Ways to Collect, Distill and Provide Efficient Access to Personal Health Information in Emergency Situations

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) indicates that there are more than 16 million visits annually to emergency departments (EDs) in Canada. Approximately 52% of these visits are classified as high acuity (either an immediate threat to life, potential threat to life or limb function, or a possibility of progressing to a serious problem requiring emergency intervention). In these situations, it is important to ensure that healthcare providers as well as patients and their informal caregivers have access to the health information they need to ensure fast and appropriate care can be provided.