In Alameda County, A Big Data Effort To Prevent Frequent ER Visits

ER staff often have no idea they are sharing patients with other hospitals just a mile away. So they treat those patients completely independently, often repeating tests unnecessarily, assigning them multiple case managers when only one is needed and offering contradictory advice. In Alameda County, hospitals are now sharing patient records of “super-users” to save money and avoid duplicating medical treatment.

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