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Keywords

Patient flow, patient satisfaction, telemedicine, triage, urgent care centers, wait time

 

Authors

  1. Aungst, Lesia A. MSN, CRNP, FNP-C

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Urgent care centers (UCCs) frequently experience long wait times, overcrowding, and patient dissatisfaction. According to recent studies in the emergency care setting, utilization of telemedicine during patient triage has demonstrated reduction in patient wait time and improvement in patient satisfaction. Implementation of telemedicine in urgent care settings may make triage faster and more efficient and lead to similar improvements in wait time and patient satisfaction. Finally, there is potential for telemedicine to improve working conditions for providers and staff of UCCs.