Virtual patient care has existed as long as there have been doctors willing to give verbal orders over the phone. Telemedicine technology has come a long way, however, evolving from the telephone to pagers to smartphones that use text messaging and HIPAA-compliant apps.

We can trace the first instance of telemedicine in hospital-based settings to the 1950s and early 1960s when closed-circuit television was used in psychiatric consultations. Its clinical value quickly expanded to include ancillary services, such as teleradiology, tele-ICU, and telestroke.

Now, telehospitalist programs take center stage—and they are no longer reserved just for overnight shift coverage.

How Telehospitalist Programs Change the Game

The telehospitalist program’s impact on healthcare has been a game-changer—and that is no truer than now. Telemedicine in the COVID-19 era enables providers to provide inpatient care to any facility remotely 24/7.

Besides that, telehospitalist programs...