Integration of Emergency Care into the Broader Healthcare System

Although medical care is often structured around disease condition, medical subspecialty, or service lines, patients expect providers to seamlessly share medical information and provide care when they need it. The emergency care system plays an integral role in the delivery of health care in the United States, providing nearly a third of all acute care. Fragmentation of care across different settings can lead to increased cost, lower quality, and variable outcomes. In order for the system to function effectively, all stakeholders across the health care spectrum must work in coordination. To address this issue, the ECCC is taking steps towards creating an emergency care system that is integrated into the overall health system.

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‚ÄčIntegrating Emergency Medical Services into Health Information Exchanges
Getting a complete and accurate picture of a patient's medical history is challenging under normal circumstances, but it's even more difficult - and more important - in an emergency. ECCC is working with partners in the emergency care, EMS and Health IT communities to promote an interoperable emergency care system.  Learn More >>

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Exploring Innovative Uses of Emergency Medical Services
There are several obstacles to expanding the use of EMS providers. To better understand what those barriers are and identify better options for using EMS providers, ECCC provided funding in support of the ASTHO to legal and policy research to enable us to use EMS resources in new and innovative ways.   Learn More >>

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Conceptual Model for Management of Acute Care
An average of one in five Americans makes at least one visit to the emergency department (ED) each year. Although ED use is growing, it is often not used effectively or integrated with other healthcare resources. ECCC seeks to integrate acute care delivery into the broader healthcare system and promote coordination between all providers of care to ensure a system that is patient- and community-centered.   Learn More >>