It's an undisputed fact that a strong hospital medicine program improves continuity of care and benefits your hospital, patients, medical staff, and community. However, physician shortages and increased costs — particularly in smaller facilities and remote areas — sometimes make implementing such a program nearly impossible.

That's where telemedicine can play an important role. It is ideally suited for small-to-medium-sized facilities with an average daily census of fewer than 60 patients.

This innovative care delivery model, administered by a telehospitalist, allows hospitals to provide more cost-effective hospital medicine services and offer an end-to-end solution for seamless care coordination while maintaining care quality, documentation compliance, and patient satisfaction.

That's a mouthful, but, simply stated, the telemedicine approach makes it possible for smaller facilities to supply quality diagnostic and treatment services in a more cost-efficient, timely...