What is Hospital Medicine and how does it affect you?
Captains of the ship: Hospitalists coordinate the care of patients in the hospital
By Uday Tata, M.D., Hospitalist
In the past, care for hospitalized patients was provided by their primary care physicians who would round on them once a day and be on call. As medical knowledge evolved and research data showed earlier and timely interventions are instrumental to better outcomes, hospitals moved to providing dedicated doctors for the hospitalized patients, who are available to see patients anytime of the day. This has shown tremendous improvement in safety, quality metrics and better morbidity outcomes and this prompted the American Hospitals to institute Hospital Medicine as a service they provide.