US emergency department (ED) visits for suspected opioid overdoses jumped 30% from July 2016-September 2017. The increase spanned men and women across all age groups and regions, according to the CDC’s latest Vital Signs report.

For people in low- and middle-income countries, emergency care is often the only touchpoint with a health system—and international targets suggest that 80% of people should live within 2 hours of a hospital.

Technology and data hold the promise to revolutionize daily life—and the daily lives of emergency first responders are no exception.The Future of First Response, a consortium of government, technology developers and user-centered designers, is in the process of developing a…

Calling 911 for an ambulance can, in many US cities, get you a paramedic on a fire truck instead. That’s because fire departments often oversee both firefighters and the paramedics who work on ambulances, yet many departments have far fewer ambulances than fire trucks.…

A US shortage of treatment options for patients with mental health problems means that many people in crisis are heading straight to emergency rooms.  

Botswana has made tremendous strides in health care since adopting the primary health care delivery model in 1978. But despite improvements in basic measures like vaccination rates and clean water access, other metrics such as rates of HIV infection and maternal mortality…

Botswana has made tremendous strides in health care since adopting the primary health care delivery model in 1978. But despite improvements in basic measures like vaccination rates and clean water access, other metrics such as rates of HIV infection and maternal mortality…

If you have an emergency in Jakarta, you can dial 1-1-8—Jakarta’s 911. But it’s iffy whether an ambulance will be able to get to you in time. In this city of 10 million people, over 1,000 died in traffic accidents in 2010 (2x as many as Seoul); thousands more died of heart…