Example 4: Keeping Track of Facility Closures
In September 2009, a search on Google Maps for Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna, NY, brought up an image of a hospital symbol and the red hospital outline. However, data in the NEDI-USA database shows that the hospital closed in 1999 (source: Hospital and Health Network digital magazine article).
Also, in February 2011, a quick search in another iPhone app for the closest EDs in Boston pulled up a list that includes, in the first five results, an ED location which closed in July 2010 (source: eMail from hospital staff):
To resolve and avoid these problems, EMNet researchers confirm closures via internet searches for news articles and attempts to contact the former facility (or an open facility within the same health system) by phone.