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In a study dubbed Emergency Department Telemedicine Initiative to Rapidly Accommodate in Times of Emergency (EDTITRATE), investigators at the University of California San Diego Health System are gauging whether remote physicians can be quickly and cost-effectively mobilized to evaluate patients when the ED is busy. While there have been administrative hurdles involved with implementing the approach, investigators say the strategy could offer big savings in terms of time and efficiency.

San Diego ED leverages telemedicine in a bid to ease crowding, long wait times