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United States Healthcare Dilemma

In the United States, a large proportion of healthcare resources and costs are utilized by a small percentage of the population.

  • Approximately 25% of the United States healthcare costs are incurred by 1 percent of the population, while 5% are of healthcare costs are incurred by 50% of the population. The small percentage of the individuals who consume large amounts of resources has led to the term “super-utilizers.”
  • These patients usually have complex and hard-to-manage conditions, as well as socioeconomic barriers to care, which frequently lead to potentially avoidable emergency department and hospital admissions and complications.

Potential Remedy: Hotspotting

Hotspotting is a new model of care by which healthcare professionals attempt to identify and better address the needs of super-utilizers.

Through electronic medical records and other data means, these patients are identified so that there can be additional resources allocated to them through a multi-disciplinary and coordination of care approach that addresses their medical needs.

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JCIPE, interprofessional care, collaborative health, student hotspotting


Interprofessional Education | Medical Education | Medicine and Health Sciences


Presented at the 2019 JCIPE Hotspotting Wrap-Up

An Overview and an Experience of Hotspotting