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Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is an interdisciplinary, multi-specialty Journal, and articles span the spectrum of medical topics, providing timely, up-to-date information for primary care physicians and specialists alike. The SMJ enables physicians to provide the best possible care to patients in this age of rapidly changing modern medicine.  Therefore, the readers of the SMJ are an appropriate target for this article.


A problem in health care is the lack of access to care and the inability of patients to self-triage and self-evaluate. The use of a digital platform can help reduce emergency department visits and help guide patients to the best place to obtain care such as an urgent care, primary care office, specialist, or the emergency department. The triple aim of population health focuses on providing the right care to the right patient at the right time. Patient use of digital health tools may reduce the overuse of emergency services. We tested the safety and clinical applicability of a patient-facing, automated digital urgent care triage tool (UCTT) for patients with chest pain.

At the conclusion of the activity, learners should be better prepared to:

Anticipate, develop, and implement computerized processes to triage, diagnose, and treat patients with conditions for which well-developed evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and therapeutic management exist such as evaluation and management of acute chest pain.
Course Information

CME Release Date: November 6, 2023
Valid for credit through:  November 5, 2025
Course type: CME Journal Article
Estimated time of completion: 1 hour

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals: For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
Login in below to study the educational content and references.
Complete the attestation, post-test (if applicable), and evaluation.

Upon successful completion of these components, your certificate will be processed and emailed from within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Southern Medical Association (SMA) requires instructors, planners, managers, and all other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose conflicts of interest (COI) with ineligible entities within the last 24 months of the development of this activity. All identified COIs are thoroughly vetted and mitigated prior to the release of the activity. SMA is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The following individuals, unless otherwise noted, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Manuscript Author(s):
Jason Hourizadeh, DO
Roman Zeltser, MD
Amgad Makaryus, MD
Regina Diaz, MD

Southern Medical Association/Southern Medical Journal Editorial Staff:
Steven T. Baldwin, MD, SMJ Editor-in-Chief
Jennifer S. Price, MA, Managing Editor
Anita McCabe, Copyeditor

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