Median wait time in Emergency Department:

From the time the patient checks into the emergency department, to the time the patient is seen by a 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 Emergency Department 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.
Most Recent Available Data (Number)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 45
National Average 27
State Average 29
Performance Trend (Number)
  2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 47 47 45
National Average 28 28 27
State Average 31 31 29
Source:Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,
CMS_681_ ED to be seen hc prof Avg time