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Emergency Departments Offer Online Updates on Wait Times
from American Medical News
Patients usually assume when they go to the emergency department that there is going to be a wait. Now some emergency departments are letting them know how long it will be. Several hospitals across the country are developing real-time wait clocks on their Web sites to give patients without a critical or life-threatening injury or illness an idea of how long they can expect to wait to be seen. The hospitals say it can help patients decide where to go for care and could mean that some patients forgo an ED visit altogether. More
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