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Urgent Matters is Accepting Submissions for the 2016 Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award

Winning team to present innovation at the American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 16-19

Urgent Matters, Philips Blue Jay Consulting, and Schumacher Group are now accepting submissions for the 2016 Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award, a competitive opportunity that fosters innovation in emergency departments nationwide.

The Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award, also supported by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), provides an opportunity for multidisciplinary teams to be acknowledged for their outstanding contributions in emergency medicine. The award provides a platform for disseminating effective solutions to common issues facing the emergency care community. Submissions should fit into at least one of the following categories:

  • Safety and quality,
  • flow and efficiency,
  • care coordination,
  • patient experience, and
  • cost consciousness.

To be eligible for consideration, the innovation must include a measurable assessment of the effectiveness of the intervention.

One member of the winning team will receive the honor of presenting the team’s innovation at the Urgent Matters Conference to be held at the American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, the team representative will have the opportunity to meet with the Philips Blue Jay Consulting and Schumacher Group leadership to assess the possibility of deploying the innovation on a larger scale; will enjoy complimentary registration to the Urgent Matters Conference in Las Vegas; and will receive airfare and a one night hotel stay. Finally, the winner will present their innovation via a webinar that is sponsored by Urgent Matters and will have their work featured on the Urgent Matters website and social media.

Blue Jay Consulting, a team of nationally-recognized emergency care experts who implement effective, lasting changes to optimize service and throughput in hospital emergency departments, is now part of Philips.

For more information on eligibility and to download the submission form, visit  

All submissions that meet entry criteria will be posted to the Urgent Matters online searchable toolkit, a collection of strategies and tools developed by hospitals across the country to target specific issues facing hospital emergency departments. The toolkit is available at


About Urgent Matters
Urgent Matters is a national initiative dedicated to finding, developing and delivering strategies to improve patient flow and reduce emergency department crowding. Urgent Matters has a long-standing reputation for producing unbiased content from a multi‐disciplinary perspective. Through educational activities such as e-newsletters, webinars podcasts, online tools, and conferences, Urgent Matters disseminates best practices for emergency care. Urgent Matters is managed by the Office of Clinical Practice Innovation at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For more information, visit

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. The company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips' health technology portfolio generated 2015 sales of EUR 16.8 billion and employs approximately 69,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

 About Schumacher Group
Caring for more than 4 million patients annually, Schumacher Group is one of the largest emergency medical staffing and management companies in the U.S. as well as a health care resource for Hospital Medicine, Wellness Programs, and Billing & Coding. Schumacher Group is focused on providing excellent patient care and partnering with hospitals and health systems to address challenges in the current healthcare environment. For more information, visit