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Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Today's Emergency Department

This blog post excerpts an article by Robin Rose, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, in the most recent issue of HealthStream's PX Advisor, our quarterly magazine focused on improving the patient experience.

Emergency departments (ED) play an increasingly important role in the U.S. healthcare system. They care for a broad spectrum of the U.S. population and can sometimes be overwhelmed with issues such as overcrowding and lack of reimbursement. Yet, in this complex environment, innovation and change are flourishing. The following trends and observations provide a glimpse into this sector of the healthcare industry and the developments that are occurring in this unique 24/7 environment.

The top 10 includes:

  1. Freestanding Emergency Departments Are Coming to a Neighborhood Near You.
  2. EDs Are Being Redesigned for Elderly Patients.
  3. Telepsychiatry May Hold Promise as an Alternative to Emergency Care for Mental Health Patients.
  4. EDs Are Challenged to Maintain Patient Safety in the Face of Continued Growth.
  5. America’s Emergency Departments Received a Grade of D+ in 2014
  6. ED Physicians Are Playing a Disproportionate Role in Directing U.S. Healthcare Utilization.
  7. The ED’s Role as the Nation’s Safety Net Continues to Expand.
  8. EDs Have Become a Stop Gap for Primary Care Physicians.
  9. Efforts Are Underway to Reduce Reliance on EDs by Older Americans in the Last Month of Life.
  10. EDs Are Becoming an Attractive Source for Influenza Surveillance. 

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