Laura Drucker Mueller
Essential Insights contributor, healthcare writer
The ER at a glance:
What emergency medicine looks like in America
Who goes to the ER?
The most frequent reasons that people visit the ER are:
Most studies find that at least
30% of emergency room visits are non-urgent
The 4% of America's doctors who work in emergency medicine provide:
Healthcare costs are rising,
but more efficient emergency rooms can help
2015 U.S. Healthcare Spending: 17.8% of GDP
2025 U.S. Healthcare Spending: 19.9% of GDP
Telehealth can reduce overall costs
and keep people out of the hospital
Early evidence of telehealth's success
The Veterans Health Administration saved nearly $1 billion in 2012 after implementing telehealth and other mobile health services. Annual savings per patient were $6,500.
After Mercy Health introduced their Virtual Care Center in 2015, expected inpatient lengths of stay decreased by 40%.
At Aurora Sinai Medical Center, the use of telehealth has reduced door-to-doctor times by 75%.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center joined forces to create the NYP-Weill Cornell ED Telehealth Express Care Service in 2016. Within two months the service had reduced average ER visits from 4 hours to just 30 minutes for patients with minor complaints.
At Fuse by Cardinal Health, our innovation center, we work alongside customers to solve complex healthcare challenges and create solutions that transform the future of health and wellness. We are looking closely at how emerging technologies, including telehealth, can make care delivery more efficient in acute and other settings. Learn more at www.cardinalhealth.com/fuse.
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