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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Care Coordination Center

The Emergency Care Coordination Center (ECCC) is located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Background

The ECCC was established in response to the identification of pressing needs in the nation’s emergency medical care system.  For millions of Americans, hospital emergency departments are the portals of entry into the healthcare system. Over the past decade, emergency department utilization rates have consistently risen, thus increasing the depth and magnitude of challenges faced by emergency medical care providers and facilities. As a result, issues such as patient access, quality of care, patient outcomes, and the overall functioning of the Emergency Care System (ECS) remain at the forefront of health reform and continue to increase in complexity and consequence.

Our Commitment and Focus

The ECCC is committed to the promotion and enhancement of Federal programs, resources, and tools that will improve the resiliency, efficiency, and effectiveness of emergency care. Emergency care and its delivery systems involve numerous disciplines and cross-cutting themes, from the standpoints of both clinical medicine and system design and development.  The purview of the ECS extends across the entire continuum of patient care—from the pre-hospital environment, to the Emergency Department (ED), to patient transfer and/or final disposition, there is no single ailment, disease, condition, or organ system which uniquely defines the specialty. As such, there are a myriad of Federal agencies involved in emergency medical care. The priorities of the ECCC reflect this multi-discipline reality, seeking to optimize opportunities to advance and enhance the practice of emergency care and the ECS.

  • This page last reviewed: March 19, 2014