Telemedicine makes it possible for smaller facilities to supply quality diagnostic and treatment services in a more cost-efficient, timely manner while still providing personalized patient care. By collaborating with on-site nurses and other medical staff, the telehospitalist can take floor calls, ED calls, handle admissions, and provide virtually the same physical exam as performed at the bedside. With this understanding, it should be apparent a telemedicine program can benefit smaller hospitals in a variety of ways, including:
Telehospitalists work from home and are not required to relocate, which makes recruiting and filling muchneeded positions easier. The home-based care model also simplifies scheduling and reduces staffing costs.
Telehospitalist careers help reduce burnout, enhance work-life balance, and increase provider retention. With younger physicians more reluctant to work overnight shifts, this proves to be a real advantage.
Telehospitalists provide backup for surges and support, better utilization of resources, and improved coverage models that balance demand and capacity.
Round-the-clock provider access for admissions, discharges, and quality audits help reduce LOS with expedited admission times, timely patient discharges, and improved care quality.
Immediate access to a hospitalist and the ability to remain in the community for care improves patient satisfaction.
Distribution of provider services to locations with the highest need allows patients to be cared for locally versus being transferred to a distant facility, delivering positive community impact.
Is telemedicine the right choice for your healthcare facility?