Chapter 12


E-emergency medicine: the future of acute care?

Short Description and Focus of Chapter:

Telehealth is defined as the exchange of medical information through electronic communication from one source (patient, health care worker) to another health care worker with the goal of improving patient outcomes. But the safe and evidence-based use of telehealth is only one part of the digital transformation of medicine. The way patients are treated in emergency and acute medicine is changing rapidly. Learning and work processes in acute medicine are being changed by digital tools. How to deal with them, as well as opportunities and risks, are often unclear and require training. In the digital age, medical students grow up with smartphones, apps and smart devices and use them in everyday life. However, the skills that are learned and applied here are inadequate and can only be transferred to a limited extent for daily use in professional medical work with patients. The purpose of this chapter is to explore changes taking place in emergency medicine under the following headings.

Corresponding Author:

Prof. Thomas Sauter


Head, University Emergency Center, Inselspital, Switzerland

Short Biography:

Dr. med. Thomas C. Sauter, MME, has been dealing scientifically as well as in practical application with the opportunities and risks of the digitization of emergency medicine for years. His main interests are in particular innovations in telemedical applications, digital triage and decision-making aids as well as the use and communication of digital aids and content in training and further education.

In addition to the specialist title in general internal medicine, he is also qualified in clinical emergency medicine and emergency physician SGNOR. During his work at the University Emergency Center as head of education and clinical simulation, he acquired a Master's in Medical Education (MME) from the Universities of Bern and Illinois at Chicago and was awarded the SIWF Award for special commitment in continuing medical education in 2017.

Stays abroad include employment in Manchester (UK) and as a research assistant at the Charité Learning Center in Berlin. He has many years of experience in all forms of simulation-based training and is regularly present with workshops and lectures at national and international congresses on topics such as interprofessional education and virtual reality simulation. Thomas Sauter is the initiator and chairman of the “Digital Emergency Medicine” working groups of the European Emergency Medicine Society EUSEM and the Swiss Society for Emergency and Rescue Medicine SGNOR. Currently, Dr. Sauter worked in emergency medicine at the University of Bern.
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Submission Status of Book Chapter:

Abstract: submitted
Draft: pending
Final Version: pending