Hospitalist Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics

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In order to bring the Virtual Hospital® to Midwest rural hospitals, you need a strong foundation for hospitalist care. For more than 20 years, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has provided specialized care for adult and pediatric patients who require hospitalization for the detection and treatment of illnesses.

The UI Hospitalist Service works with other specialists and primary care physicians to direct and coordinate a patient's care. Their goal is to deliver prompt and complete attention to all patient care needs and safely transition patient care within the hospital and from the hospital to the community.

Hospitalists deliver inpatient care in a variety of ways:

  • Direct care detecting and treating illnesses causing patients hospitalization.
  • Collaborate, communicate, and coordinate with all doctors and healthcare personnel caring for hospitalized patients.
  • Consult with other doctors at their request on medical recommendations in managing acute and chronic medical problems in hospitalized patients.
  • Co-manage and support care to patients requiring hospitalization as part of a surgery.

A growing number of studies support the value of hospital medicine, showing that hospitalists help to reduce patient lengths of stay, treatment costs, and improve overall efficiency of care. By placing the Virtual Hospital® in rural Midwest hospitals, the UI service is helping those hospitals add to the efficiency and complexity of care for patients in their local communities.