In 2006, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a series of three
books on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health
System. These reports contained recommendations that called on the
federal government and private stakeholders to initiate changes
aimed at improving the emergency care system. Three years later, in
May 2009, the IOM convened a workshop to examine the progress to
date in achieving these objectives, and to help assess priorities
for future action. The May 2009 workshop, summarized in this
volume, brought stakeholders and policy makers together to discuss
which among the many challenges facing emergency care are most
amenable to coordinated federal action. The workshop sought to
foster information exchange among federal officials involved in
advancing emergency care and key stakeholder groups from around the
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