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Urgent Matters

Oct 25, 2015

Congratulations to winners of the 2015 Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award, the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center! Their Mobile Health Paramedic program focuses on patient needs in the community and works to keep patients in their home, rather than at unnecessary ED or clinic visits. Dr. David Schoenwetter...


Oct 20, 2015

With the limited number of toxicologists currently practicing in the United States, innovation is necessary to spread their knowledge to the greatest number of patients. The proliferation of telemedicine and the public availability of Google Glass spurred an innovative teletoxicology study to determine the acceptability...


Sep 9, 2015

The potentially devestating consequences of adverse cardiac events translate to many patients who are seen urgently in the emergency department during an episode of chest pain. A recent study investigated the short-term risk of an adverse cardiac event for patients presenting in the ED with chest pain. The results...


Jun 8, 2015

David Gillinson, Chief Data Scientist at StaffSked, talks to Dr. Jesse Pines, the Director of Urgent Matters and a Professor of Health Policy and Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University. StaffSked is trying to utilize new software and techniques for optimizing the various levels of staffing in emergency...


May 25, 2015

In the United States, everyone knows that if you call 911, someone will come help you. It's a great system, but anyone who has worked in it knows that not everyone who calls needs the level of emergency care it was intended for. So what should be done with patients who many would label as "abusing" the system? 

 

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