There is a new breed of specialty doctors rising. Referred to as hospitalists, there are now more than 50,000 working in the US alone. As part of a more efficient a healthcare strategy, hospitalists make the management of clinical problems easier — trained and board certified in internal medicine, they can coordinate care for the acutely ill.
Apart from improving patient care, Emergency Staffing Solutions believes that having a hospitalist program has several cost-saving benefits and can keep up with changes in the healthcare system.
Narrowing Medical Practice to Hospital and Outpatient Settings
While the traditional model of medicine is effective enough, it poses a challenge to primary care doctors to be readily available in both hospital and outpatient settings. Before the emergence of hospital medicine, in fact, doctors would make rounds during early mornings and evenings to see to the needs of hospitalized patients, squeezing in time to see consulting patients during the daytime. As such, patients did not have reliable access to the doctor for emergencies or medical appointments.
Hospitalists Participate in Constant, Hospital-Driven Changes
With the addition of hospitalists, physicians could narrow their practice and focus solely on outpatient settings. As hospitals continue to upgrade to more individualized protocols, treating patients in an outpatient facility or only in hospitals has become more common. With the full-time focus of hospitalists, it is easier to provide care for the seriously ill.
Encouraging Communication between Hospitalists and Primary Care Physicians
Even if hospital-based internal medicine specialists can handle the complex care of inpatients, one area that needs work is the communication between hospitalists and primary physicians. A study conducted by the University of Colorado Denver reveals that there is only limited communication between the two groups, which heightens the risk of missed test results and hospital readmissions. Moreover, constant collaboration between hospitalists and physicians may contribute to better care, as patients prefer treatment from those they have built a relationship with.
In the healthcare sector, it pays to have hospitalists working with a known team. The presence of hospitalists encourages the effectiveness of health treatment and ensures that patients receive the best type of care.