People with behavioral health problems have stretched emergency departments to their limit as the number of inpatient psychiatric beds has decreased. For many patients, the ED is the first place they go. Even people under the care of a mental health professional wind up in EDs because they’re in crisis and their provider’s office is often closed.
Innovation ’19: Paramedics reducing ED utilization
Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico has spent $50 million to centralize clinic, pharmacy, and SDOH in a single “data warehouse.” Now the not-for-profit health care system is marketing its data collecting and crunching expertise via a for-profit subsidiary.