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Health-Related Google Searches Increase Just Before ED Visit

February 22, 2019 - The number of online searches for health-related information spikes right before a patient presents to the emergency department, indicating that Dr. Google remains a key player in patient health habits, according to a study published in BMJ Open. In the week prior to an ED visit, the overall number of health-related searches increased from an average of 6 percent to 15 percent,...


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Chronic Conditions Account for $8.3B in Avoidable ED Visits

by Jessica Kent

Emergency department (ED) visits for people with at least one chronic condition contributed to nearly 60 percent of all annual visits in 2017 and $8.3 billion in spending, says a report from Premier. Of these visits, over 4.3 million were...

Social Determinants of Health Impact Severity of Chronic Disease

by Jessica Kent

New Jersey’s poorest zip codes have the highest rates of individuals with chronic diseases seeking care in emergency rooms, showing a strong link between the social determinants of health and poor outcomes, according to a new state...

Provider Experience Impacts EHR Data Workflow, Documentation Time

by Jessica Kent

Providers in the emergency department (ED) who had more experience or training with an electronic health record (EHR) system completed EHR documentation faster than those with less experience, a study published in AHIMA’s...

Rush Joins Select Few Hospitals with Stage 7 Analytics Maturity

by Jennifer Bresnick

Rush University Medical Center is the third health system in the nation to reach the top level of analytics maturity according to the relatively new HIMSS Adoption Model for Analytics Maturity (AMAM). Joining Duke Health and UNC Health...

Predictive Analytics, IoT Data Flag ED Visits, 30-Day Readmissions

by Jessica Kent

Predictive analytics fueled by data from the Internet of Things (IoT) could help providers detect patients at high risk of emergency department (ED) visits and 30-day hospital readmissions, according to a study published in JMIR Medical...

Population Health Program Cuts Hospital Admissions by Nearly 50%

by Jessica Kent

Northwest Physicians Network (NPN) in Washington State has launched a collaborative population health program that has cut hospital admissions by 43 percent, ambulance transports by 47 percent, and emergency department visits by 36...

Preventive Dental Care Associated with Fewer ED, Hospital Visits

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providing dental coverage as a preventive care benefit may help providers and payers reduce the number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations, according to a new two-year study from Capital BlueCross, Dominion National, and...

Analytics Help Christiana Care Cut ED Opioid Prescriptions by Half

by Jessica Kent

A team-based approach to care and robust data analytics strategies have helped Christiana Care Health System in Delaware reduce opioid prescriptions in the emergency department by 50 percent.   Christiana Care has also used these...

How Many Emergency Department Visits are Really Avoidable?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reducing emergency department utilization is a top goal for many population health management and value-based care initiatives, but how many trips to the ED could actually be classified as “avoidable” in the first...

Enthusiasm for Cutting Admissions May Harm Medicare Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reducing the number of hospital admissions resulting from emergency department visits is a major cost-cutting goal for healthcare organizations, but Medicare patients may not benefit much from the indiscriminate application of this...

Hospitals Face Higher Costs, More ED Visits from Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Opioid abuse has quickly become one of the nation’s most pressing population health management issues, not only because of its toll on patients, but increasingly because of the financial impact on hospitals and the rest of the...

Health IT, Executive Support Key to ED Patient Flow Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The emergency department can often be a busy, hectic, stressful place for both patients and their providers.  Neither can know in advance what will happen when they walk through the doors: who they will see, how long it will take, if...

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