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[Infographic] The Reality of ER Wait Times

Posted by Dave Sellers on May 1, 2019 11:58:53 AM

How Long Will You Wait for Care?

By Dave Sellers

Emergency departments are responsible for about half of all hospital admissions, according to a RAND Corporation study. In fact, more people step into ERs every year, with visits hitting 136 million in 2015, up from 97 million in 1995, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Meanwhile, the number of emergency departments is down about 11% over that same time period. As a result, many people in need of emergency care are waiting longer to see a doctor.

Aware of these stats, we were curious about how long patients are really waiting to be seen. This infographic shares what we learned as we analyzed trends in ER wait times around the United States. Highlights include:

  • In the most extreme cases, the percentage of patients who leave before being seen is 18%, whereas the national average is 2%.

  • For facilities with the highest proportion of people leaving before being seen, 75% have wait times more than
    two times the national average for patients who choose to wait to be seen.

  • There are shorter wait times to see a physician at Critical Access Hospitals, a trend that is in line with lower wait times in more rural locations which is where CAH’s are located.

  • Residents of metro area and states with large population centers will likely wait quite a while to see a medical professional, be evaluated for admission, and get to a room, should they need to. 

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Tags: data visualization, data analytics, healthcare demographics, infographic

[Infographic] The Health of America

Posted by Gavin Chance on Jan 2, 2019 11:04:21 AM

A Look At the Healthiest and Unhealthiest ZIPs in the US

By Gavin Chance 

As we begin a new year, health and wellness are top of mind for many. Americans everywhere are setting New Year’s resolutions to amend bad habits and to lead a healthier, happier lifestyle in 2019.

It can be beneficial to understand the current state of our health as we collectively look to the future and make plans for improvement. This infographic shares statistics and trends about our health as a country, focusing on the following information from 2018:

  • The average amount spent on health

  • The average number of visits to the doctor

  • The number of cigarettes smoked

  • The average amount spent on prescription drugs

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Tags: data visualization, data analytics, healthcare demographics, infographic

[Infographic] The Startling Effects of the Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Dave Sellers on Oct 30, 2018 10:16:46 PM

Statistics and Trends for Healthcare Providers: What to Know and How to Help

By Dave Sellers

What is the U.S. Opioid Epidemic?
(as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates. Increased prescription of opioid medications led to widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis to be a public health emergency.

Our infographic shares statistics and trends resulting from this crisis and is based on <our all-payer claims data(APCD), highlighting the time period of Q3 2015 to Q2 2018. Many of these trends are both startling and very concerning. For instance, during this nearly three year time frame:

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Tags: data visualization, data analytics, infographic

[Infographic] The Crazy Statistics of Fireworks and the 4th of July

Posted by Gavin Chance on Jun 25, 2018 1:20:06 PM

Stay Safe this July 4th by Avoiding these Injury Trends/h3>

By Gavin Chance

Don’t become a statistic - stay safe this July 4th! In an effort to help you prepare for this holiday and avoid the most common accidents, we’ve researched fireworks injury data from the past five years. This is what we found:

  • 72% of fireworks accidents occur at home
  • Men are twice as likely to become injured as women
  • 27.9% of injuries happen to children, ages 0-10 years old

Click-to-Tweet: Did you know? 72% of fireworks accidents occur at home, 11.75% occur in public, and 11% at a sporting event.

Interested in learning more, such as the most common diagnoses and where most injuries occur? Check out our infographic, below.

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Tags: data visualization, data analytics, data-driven decisions, infographic

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