Virtual Emergency Rooms for Rural America

Virtual Emergency Rooms for Rural America

In rural America, telemedicine is sometimes the only option for emergent patients.

As the shortage of hospitals and physicians continues to intensify in rural areas, telemedicine centers have been replacing traditional emergency departments. Physicians treat patients via cameras and computer screens, calling on nurses to provide highly specialized activities in life-threatening situations.


Video Spotlight: Telemedicine Saves Lives


This post is based on the Washington Post article, The Most Remote Emergency Room: Life and Death in Rural America, by E. Saslow, November 16, 2019, and the YouTube video, Telehealth Kiosk May Have Saved Ron Wuaten’s Life, by New York-Presbyterian Hospital, August 22, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / Mega Pixel.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the factors that contribute to the disappearance of emergency departments and physicians in rural areas?

Guidance: Review the factors of location decisions. For emergency departments, the factors contributing to their disappearance include limited markets, small proportions of privately insured patients, and low availability of qualified labor. For physicians, the limited entertainment and cultural opportunities as well as poor career advancement and wealth prospects are deterrents.

2. What are the quality trade-offs for patients receiving virtual emergency care?

Guidance: When there is no Continue reading

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Long Lines at LAXit For Drivers and Passengers

Long Lines at LAXit For Drivers and Passengers

November 24, 2019

Traffic is jamming up at LAX as Uber, Lyft, and taxi drivers spend up to an hour creeping towards the new “LAXit” pickup area where passengers must now go to meet up with their vehicles.

Meanwhile, passengers are waiting in long lines to get to the pickup area themselves from the main terminal.

The new pickup area was designed to decrease general traffic congestion and to facilitate pickups and drop-offs during a major airport renovation and an airport train construction project that will cause closures of curbs areas and lanes until 2023.


Video Spotlight: To Ease Traffic Congestion, LAX Will No Longer Allow Ride Share Pickups At Terminal


This post is based on the LA Times article, LAX rules for Uber, Lyft and taxis create chaos—and opportunities, by Samantha Masunaga, November 5, 2019, and the YouTube video, To Ease Traffic Congestion, LAX Will No Longer Allow Ride Share Pickups At Terminal, by CBS Los Angeles, October 3, 2019. Image source: Kyoungil Jeon/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. What are customers doing to try to access their transport, and how is this affecting other businesses’ capacity planning?

Guidance: Some customers are seeking alternate ways to meet up Continue reading

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In Venice: Unsustainable Tourism

In Venice: Unsustainable Tourism

November 23, 2019

Venice’s tourist population has swelled to 30 million people a year, and many arrive on the approximately 570 cruise ships that make calls in the lagoon.

Desperate to preserve the city’s image, the Italian transport minister is pulling the plug on large ship access to the Grand Canal near Piazzo San Marco square beginning in April 2020.  Reductions in the number of cruise ships entering the area were already introduced in August 2019.

In addition, beginning in July 2020, day-trippers arriving by public transport will pay a fee of three euros during the off-season and eight euros in high season to help preserve the city’s quality of life.  Those who choose to visit during peak times, such as summer weekends, will have to pay an additional 10 euro charge to visit the city center and islands of the lagoon.


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This post is based on the Express article, Tourism crackdown: Venice to ban large cruise ships in bid to save city, by Leonie Chao-Fong, November 7, 2019; the Worth article,  Facing Rising Water Continue reading

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