Benefits to Your Hospital Medicine Program
With this understanding, it should be apparent a telemedicine program can benefit smaller hospitals in a variety of ways, including:
Recruiting - Because the TeleNocturnist works from home and is not required to relocate, recruiting and filling much-needed positions becomes easier. The home-based care model also simplifies scheduling and reduces staffing costs.
Provider Retention - Not only does the TeleNocturnist service make recruiting easier, but it also reduces burnout, enhances work-life balance, and increases provider retention. With younger providers more reluctant to work overnight shifts, this proves to be a real advantage.
Balance - TeleNocturnist provide backup for surges and support, better utilization of resources, and improved coverage models that balance demand and capacity.
Care Coordination - Round-the-clock provider access for admissions, discharges, and quality audits helps reduce LOS with expedited admission times, timely patient discharges, and improved care quality.
Patient Experience - Immediate access to a hospitalist and ability to remain in the community for care improves patient satisfaction.
Strategic Alignment - Distribution of provider services to the locations with the highest need allows patients to be cared for locally versus being transferred to a distant facility, delivering positive community impact.