Renee Y. Hsia

April 23, 2012

Dr. Hsia's research on appendicitis admissions across California was published on April 23, 2012, in the Archives of Internal Medicine: "Health Care as a "Market Good"? Appendicitis as a Case Study." Her team found that after studying over 19,000 patients who were admitted for uncomplicated appendicitis in patients aged 18-59 with a hospital stay of 3 days or less and had a routine discharge home, hospital charges ranged from $1529 to $182,955.

Improving Utilization of EMS (911) Dispatch Systems for Pre-hospital and Emergency Care

January 13, 2012
Which Emergency Medical Dispatch Codes Predict High Pre-hospital Non-Transport Rates in an Urban Community? This study examined if our current 911 dispatch system, which translates caller chief complaints into consistent responses by different types of EMS resources could be safely used to predict that a patient would not be transported to the hospital and could use a slower, non-ambulance type of medical response. The answer we found was no.