The hospital emergency department (ED) serves as a critical access point for the health care delivery system. It serves a variety of functions, including: (1) first point of service for trauma and other conditions needing immediate tertiary care; (2) default delivery system back-up since it is always open; and (3) sole provider for the uninsured. However, the state of data reporting on ED care lags far behind data on inpatient care due to the outpatient status of care delivered in the ED. This grant provides partial support to the Emergency Department Data Conference to be held April 22-23, 2002. This conference will convene experts in emergency medicine, the public sector, and the health informatics community to address how state health data agencies can overcome the technical and political barriers to efficient and comprehensive ED data collection. This project will be considered successful if it results in a national agenda for expanding and enhancing ED utilization data development which includes consensus on data collection standardization and a 25 percent increase in the number of states that collect standardized ED data within three years.
Amount Awarded $39,970.00
Awarded on: 3/4/2002
Time frame: 3/1/2002 - 2/28/2003
Grant Number: 44904