More and more inpatient care is being provided by hospitalists. Hospitalists make it possible for community-based doctors to cut down on the number hospital visits they make, allowing them to spend more time caring for patients in the office.
Hospitalists can improve inpatient care by coordinating the services of various doctors and other healthcare personnel. Because they are hospital-based, they can readily track test results and order follow-up tests more promptly than the patient’s regular physician. One of the disadvantages of hospitalist care, however, is that the hospitalist may not know a patient’s detailed medical history.
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