3 Advantages of Telemedicine in Critical Access Hospitals

3 advantages to telemedicine

Even before the pandemic began, telemedicine and teledocs were rising in popularity. Now that we are living in a post-COVID world, the need for telemedicine, especially in hospitals, is even greater. It’s more important than ever that we provide the medical attention patients need.

“At Horizon Virtual, we have always helped critical access hospitals and medical facilities with our telehospitalist services. Our remote solution has allowed hospitalists to cover greater service areas and provide hospitals with the appropriate physician coverage they need throughout the night.” Darin Willardsen, M.D.

Aside from helping hospitalists cover larger service areas, there are other advantages to Horizon Virtual’s telehospital services.

1. Fewer Patient Transfers

Many critical access hospitals were already struggling to stay in business and meet patient demand. With the limited resources, these smaller hospitals were forced to transfer their patients to larger facilities when they couldn’t handle the patient care. Through our telemedicine services, a hospitalist is always available to treat patients at night and on the weekends. Rather than sending people to other medical providers, smaller hospitals can keep their patients and offer treatment.

2. Telemedicine Helps Critical Access Hospitals Stay in Business

When a hospital can fill their beds and keep patients in their facility for treatment, it increases their collections. Instead of losing their revenue to larger hospitals, they can treat more conditions. Not only that, critical care hospitals can provide a high level of care to those that need it and allow them to stay in the comfort of their beds.

Smaller hospitals can often get a reputation in a rural community for not being equipped to handle the medical needs of the community. However, with a hospitalists ability to use telemedicine and work with hospital staff, they can treat the healthcare needs of the community. It is our goal to work hand in hand with hospital staff to make sure their patients are well taken
care of.

3. Easier To Employ Hospitalists

One of the biggest problems that smaller medical facilities have is that they cannot attract and keep hospitalists. It’s hard to find doctors that are willing to accept jobs in rural areas for many reasons. For one thing, there is a commute they have to consider to get to a rural hospital especially if they are covering multiple locations.

Another challenge hospitals have in recruiting hospitalists has to do with the amount they are able to pay. They struggle to compete with larger salaries that are offered by bigger hospitals.

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With Horizon Virtual, hospitals of any size can get the overnight and weekend coverage that they need. One hospitalist can serve many locations, making their skills available to patients right when they need them. We make it easy for you to take good care of your patients and get them the medical attention they need.

Contact us today and we’ll be happy to discuss our telehospitalist services. We can answer all of your questions and provide a demo of how the cart and software works. Just get in touch with us now!


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