Field of Work: Quality of care delivered in emergency departments
Problem Synopsis: Concerns about high health care costs and limited quality have led to systems of rating hospital performance and making performance transparent.
Synopsis of the Work: Researchers at Emory University compared charts of patients treated for pneumonia in the emergency departments of two Atlanta hospitals that draw from the same physician pool but serve disparate economic and ethnic populations:
- Grady Memorial Hospital, a large public safety net institution with many poor, minority, and uninsured patients
- Emory University Hospital, which has a broader mix of patients and payers