Source Newsroom: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Newswise — As new medical devices and screening technologies flood the market, patient care costs continue to rise " but opportunities to provide better, faster patient care are abundant. These issues will play a central role in discussions about health care reform as the 2008 presidential election approaches.
Judd Hollander, MD, Professor and Clinical Research Director in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, can share insights on the ways in which new technologies may both improve health care delivery and reduce costs for widespread, chronic health problems.
"It's almost the perfect storm. When people get sick, they cannot get a timely appointment with their primary care provider, and they have to wait for hours to be seen in a crowded emergency department," says Hollander, who recently completed a term as President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). "Meanwhile, the government and insurance carriers continue to cut payments and avoid reimbursing for services. It's hard to imagine either candidate can keep the ship afloat without a major change in direction."
Hollander has conducted extensive research on emergency room crowding and best practices in emergency care for patients with cardiovascular conditions such as chest pain, as well as traumatic injury and other acute problems. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed papers and studies on these and other topics.
His research provides key data to guide the government and health care industry as they create standards for measuring new technologies to ensure quality and innovation while lowering costs. As an attending physician in a busy metropolitan emergency room that provides care to many low-income patients, he can also discuss the ways in which patients and their caregivers struggle to access government programs and medical care.
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