A hospitalist is a physician or other qualified medical practitioner who sees patients only while they are in the hospital. Since hospitalists do not see patients in private practice or on an outpatient basis, open communication between the hospitalist and the family doctors of hospitalized patients is essential. By working together, hospitalists and family doctors can respond to patient needs effectively and provide high quality care efficiently.
To maintain continuity of care for their patients, family doctors remain actively involved and fully informed. While their patients are in the hospital, family doctors receive regular reports from the hospitalists. Family doctors also monitor patient progress online through a secure, confidential data and imaging system. When discharged from the hospital, patients see their family doctors for ongoing care.
Working side by side as a team with all healthcare professionals in the hospital allows the hospitalist to fully utilize the hospital's technology and expertise of its staff in the best interest of the patient.