What is high performance emergency medicine?
A new paradigm for the central role the emergency department (ED) plays in the healthcare system and the set of operational and management changes necessary to bring transformative change to the ED, leading to organizational and operational improvements, downstream costs savings, and more efficient patient care.
How does it work?
The ED becomes a major access point of the hospital, providing integration between the primary care system and the hospital care system. The ED is the “go to” for undifferentiated clinical problems and determines who, when, and how patients are treated within the system. For some patients, this will be an in-patient admission, for others an “observation” stay in the ED and for many others, definitive treatment in the ED then discharge home.