Managing Information in Medical Emergencies

Future rural health policy expects that individual citizens will assume some responsibility for basic health provision and, together with professionals of varying levels of training, will participate in teams to deliver acute and chronic care. Thus when an individual in a rural area requires acute medical assistance, the first person on scene may be a “first responder” (a lay person with some basic first aid training and limited equipment), a nurse, a paramedic or a doctor.  That person will assess the patient and their situation, will carry out initial measures and seek additional help as appropriate. From the moment the first carer arrives on the scene, an information stream is being developed, which may have significant relevance to the patient’s outcome.  In the chain of events to definitive treatment, there may be several transfers of the patient between healthcare workers. This new approach to handling acute care raises a number of challenges to which digital solutions may be able to contribute. MIME brings together computer scientists, clinicians and healthcare workers to explore these.

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