Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is expanding use of telemedicine, in which patients interact with a physician via an internet connection, to its hospitalist program.
Tele-hospital medicine branches out
Paula S. Katz | Today's Hospitalist
Opportunities range from night coverage to virtual programs
HOSPITAL MEDICINE is primed for its close-up in telehealth. Hospitals and hospitalists have seen the success of telemedicine in more focused types of care; think tele-ICU and tele-trauma. Now they want to branch out into tele-hospital medicine and replicate the same upsides: improved access for remote populations, 24/7 care, reduced costs and better patient outcomes.
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“The willingness to collaborate with the hospital to meet their needs was a fairly novel idea as most providers approach their relationship with hospitals as one of ‘what can you do for me’?” said iNDIGO principal Dr. Ken Friar. “We understood that we would only do well if the hospital did well…”
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“If health care has lagged behind, it is catching up. Telemedicine, which has been the next new thing for many years, has already made major inroads in tele-stroke care, tele-psychiatry and tele-ICUs. And increasingly, hospital medicine is getting involved.”
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