How Telemedicine Addresses Hospitalist Staffing Challenges

Female Physician in Hospital

The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates a shortage of 45,000 primary care doctors and 46,000 surgeons and medical specialists by 2020. Due to this, an increasing number of hospitals are moving to a hospitalist model, often motivated by a search for increased quality and efficiency in patient care. When appropriately utilized, hospitalists provide benefits to hospitals including shorter inpatient wait times, personalized family-centered care, and reduced length of stay, cost of hospitalization and readmission rates.

The nation’s hospitals and health systems have welcomed this model of care, yet these efficiencies are often accompanied by a variety of organizational challenges: financial, resourcing, recruitment and coverage. This leads us to the question: how do we provide solutions for these challenges? The answer is telemedicine. Coupling telemedicine with a hospitalist program can solve three of the most common challenges:

  • Growth Management
  • Load Balancing
  • Around-the-clock Coverage

SOC Telemed recently shared with MedCity News our thoughts on how telemedicine can address challenges that come with hospitalist staffing.  Read the full article here: How can telemedicine be used to address hospitalist staffing challenges?


If you would like to learn more about how SOC Telemed is helping hospitals address these challenges, please contact us today.