Vituity, a physician-led and -owned organization, has been working on the front lines of acute care delivery for nearly 50 years and understands the unique challenges of the emergency department (ED).
Empowering EDs to Serve All Emergencies
Emergency Psychiatric Intervention (EPI) is an approach designed by Vituity physicians on the front lines of emergency medicine and acute psychiatry. EPI ensures that EDs are empowered to properly and more efficiently evaluate and treat behavioral health patients from the moment they enter the ED through discharge.
Emergency Psychiatric Intervention at AMITA Health
AMITA Health is an award-winning health system delivering care to nearly 6.6 million residents in and around Chicago. Beginning in mid-2018, four AMITA hospital locations participated in the launch of EPI. All sites experienced high volumes of behavioral health patients in their EDs and were looking for a risk stratification method and new medication protocols that lead to more efficient and accurate diagnoses and treatment, and faster discharge rates.
The participating locations achieved remarkable results within six months after implementing EPI. Care teams across levels changed their processes and as a result, dramatically improved the quality of care they provide (prescribing patterns) and significantly improved their throughput times.
- Reduced length of stay through risk stratification and split flow processing
- Improved quality/experience through early and appropriate medication management
- Improved resource utilization through faster admissions and discharge process