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Median time in ED for patients to see healthcare provider

Why is this measure important?

When patients enter the emergency department, sometimes they must wait before meeting with a healthcare provider. Reducing the time patients spend in the Emergency Department before seeing a healthcare provider can help provide faster access to care.  

What does this measure show?

This measure shows the median number of minutes emergencydDepartment patients wait before they are seen by a healthcare provider.  

Definition of median:  This is the half-way point in the data.  One-half of patients spent less than this time, and one-half spent longer.  

For this measure, a lower number is better.