Europe faces intense pressure to cut health spending while patients demand higher quality medical treatment. Thehealthcare system must be reinvented and reengineered (Porter & Olmsted Teisberg, 2006).
Emergency departments (EDs) can make a significant contribution to creation of value often by reorganisation rather than throughinvestment in new technologies.
The patients’ view of value in emergency medicine is often unrelated to the quality of medical care but on the speed of treatment. (Hogan, Rasche & Braun von Reinersdorff 2012). The ED canprovide the value the patients seek and the value hospitals and the wider healthcare systems seek by systematic reorganisation.
EDs can also make a significant contribution to creation of value in the heathcare system by breaking down the silo organisation of hospitals and creating inter-disciplinary working between centres of excellence.