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.