Time, in hours, from recognition of stroke symptoms to computed tomography for hospitalized patients, compared with 1.3 hours for stroke patients brought to the ED, according to a study recently presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress. The report estimates 17% of strokes occur among inpatients, but those patients wait longer for both neuroimaging and thrombolysis…. [Read More]
“Now that’s a fire!” —Eddie Murphy This is the final column in my five-part series tracing the history of the hospitalist movement and the factors that propelled it into becoming the fastest growing medical specialty in history and the mainstay of American medicine that it has become. In the first column, “Tinder & Spark,” economic… [Read More]
Much has been written, spoken, declared, retracted, and learned about a tiny little RNA virus by the name of Ebola. This encapsulated virus has been as disruptive to the psychology and operations of U.S. hospitals as it has been to the physiology of those infected. Amidst all the fear and missteps, could Ebola be having… [Read More]
This month’s podcast features Dr. Ken Epstein, chief medical officer for Hospitalist Consultants, a division of ECI Healthcare Partners; and Dr. Ken Heinrich, regional director with ECI Healthcare Partners and chief medical officer for emergency services for the ECI Advisory Group, discussing their ongoing work helping emergency physicians and hospitalists form collaborative teams. The focus… [Read More]
Dr. Wachter closed SHM’s 2013 annual meeting in National Harbor, MD, with a keynote address that identified cost and waste reduction as new planks of hospitalist’s value proposition.
A new study on transitions of care gives hospitalists a view from the other side. Published recently online in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the authors surveyed 22 primary-care physician leaders in California-based post-discharge clinics and asked them about ways to improve care transitions. Physicians’ responses focused on several areas that need work, most notably… [Read More]