Analysis Shows Scope of Avoidable Employee ER Visits

From Health Data Management:

Population health analytics vendor Healthentic, serving nearly 11,000 employers and holding data on 38.7 million individuals, recently analyzed the degree of avoidable emergency room utilization by employees at 31 client companies, with sobering results.

Based on 2013 data, the 31 companies paid $1,326,523 for potentially avoidable visits to the ER. Ten percent of visits were for ailments that could have been treated in an outpatient setting. The top avoidable ER visits were headache, back pain, urinary tract infection, sore throat, acute upper respiratory infection, ear ache, acute bronchitis, pink eye and sciatica.

Accusation: Viable patient ignored by rescuers

From the Tennessean

When Jason Carter called 911 to report that his roommate shot himself in the head, the man was still alive and continued breathing for 13 minutes before paramedics arrived at their Hermitage town home.

After determining Antonio Foster had “injuries not compatible with life,” emergency responders left him to die, according to police records. Paramedics returned to the home about an hour and 20 minutes later and took Foster to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Then the 32-year-old man died about 11 hours after that 911 call was made.

Man takes his life in hospital’s emergency area

From Philly:

A rest room in the waiting area of the emergency room at Camden’s Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center became the scene of a tragedy Monday.

Authorities said a 71-year-old Camden man shot and killed himself there around 12:20 p.m., shortly after arriving alone and walking into the single bathroom at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Google Glass App Connects Patients With Specialists Quickly

From Mashable:

Remedy is a Google Glass application that enables patients to see specialists faster, through the eyes of a physician.

Navigating the healthcare system as a patient can be a real pain in the aspirin. You’ve got your annual checkups, and if anything looks fishy, bring on the wild goose chase of specialist visits. If you’ve ever been referred to a specialist, you’ve likely experienced weeks of waiting to get into his or her office, and then sat dumbfounded when you went through roughly the same procedure as you had with the first doctor, all to find out, “You’re all good.”

Remedy, a Google Glass application that connects physicians and specialists, is helping solve appointment overload by getting patients in front of the right specialists quickly and digitally.

Lawsuit alleges misleading advertising bu ED

From the Courier-Journal:

Pursuing what other lawyers say is a novel but not unprecedented theory, Burton, through his lawyer, Gary Weiss, claims in a Jefferson Circuit Court lawsuit that Norton’s ads misled him into believing that he would have been seen by a doctor for potentially serious matters such as abdominal pain — and that if had seen one, he likely would have been spared the pain and embarrassment of his surgery.

Making Google Glass a Reality in the ED

From Emergency Physicians Monthly:

EPs in Rhode island overcome hurdles to trial Glass for telemedicine and consider other applications. Nick Genes interviews Megan Ranney, Roger Wu, Peter Chai and Paul Porter on their pioneering experience.

Heart Disease and Stroke-Related Hospitilizations & Deaths Decrease

From Capital OTC

American Heart Association in a press release yesterday has revealed that in the last 10 years, the number of patients died as a result of stroke or cardiovascular related ailments has been significantly decreased.

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