14. The future of emergency medicine

  1. Jesse M. Pines MD, MBA, MSCE2,
  2. Jameel Abualenain MD, MPH3,
  3. James Scott MD4 and
  4. Robert Shesser MD, MPH5
  1. Robert Shesser

Published Online: 30 MAY 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118779750.ch14

Emergency Care and the Public's Health

Emergency Care and the Public's Health

How to Cite

Shesser, R. (2014) The future of emergency medicine, in Emergency Care and the Public's Health (eds J. M. Pines, J. Abualenain, J. Scott and R. Shesser), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118779750.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Director, Office for Clinical Practice Innovation, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy, The GeorgeWashington University, Washington, DC, USA

  2. 3

    Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, The GeorgeWashington University, Washington, DC, USA; King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  3. 4

    Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy, The GeorgeWashington University School of Medicine and Health Science, Washington, DC, USA

  4. 5

    Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, The GeorgeWashington University, Washington, DC, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, The George Washington University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAY 2014
  2. Published Print: 13 MAY 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118779804

Online ISBN: 9781118779750

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Keywords:

  • emergency care;
  • emergency department (ED);
  • emergency medicine (EM);
  • health systems;
  • pre-hospital emergency medical service (EMS)

Summary

Emergency medicine (EM) as a unique specialty in the United States originated in the late 1960s and rapidly evolved into its current form. EM leaders today must prepare for new practice organization, practice boundaries, and the evolution of new roles within large health systems for emergency physicians. Their main focus must be to continually increase the value of each patient encounter by proper timing and sequencing of diagnostic testing, development of protocols with primary and specialty care colleagues, and working to lower barriers for bidirectional information flow. Increased efficiency in emergency department (ED) workforce development achieved through similar educational interspecialty and intraspecialty collaborations using web-based technologies.