An IT service automation company called SysAid put in some research and complied a list of the average wait times in the Emergency Room throughout each state.

SysAid started in 2002 and decided to take on IT with service automation with a help desk that they claim "practically manages itself". From HR to Healthcare, and everything in between, the company says they will make things run smarter by giving service teams a break from the grind and do work that they love.

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The research examined CMS (Content Management System) data to see which states had the shortest average median time patients spend in the emergency room before leaving (in minutes). CMS has datasets that cover: Medicare Fee-For-Service, special programs and initiatives, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Plus, information on providers who accept Medicare, services and procedures delivered by providers, and qualified health plans.

The data they found, covered January 7th, 2020 to March 31st, 2021. Our neighboring state North Dakota came in at first with the shortest average wait time at 1 hour and 44 minutes. Where Maryland came in at having the longest average wait time at 3 hours and 48 minutes.

Looking at the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota came in at 12th with 2 hours and 9 minutes. Wisconsin wasn't far from Minnesota, coming in at 17th with 2 hours and 16 minutes. Check out the top ten states:

  1. North Dakota - 1 hour and 44 minutes
  2. South Dakota - 1 hour and 53 minutes
  3. Nebraska -  1 hour and 54 minutes
  4. Oklahoma - 1 hour and 55 minutes
  5. Hawaii - 1 hour and 57 minutes
  6. Kansas - (tie) 1 hour and 57 minutes
  7. Iowa - 2 hours and 3 minutes
  8. Mississippi - 2 hours and 4 minutes
  9. Arkansas - 2 hours and 7 minutes
  10. Montana - (tie) 2 hours and 7 minutes

You can check out the full list and the interactive map here.

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