Are Virtual Care Clinics the Wave of the Future?

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The $54 million, 125,000-square-foot facility has no waiting rooms, hospital beds or patients on site. Instead it houses more than 300 medical professionals who sit in front of monitors and computer displays, watching over the care of patients at 38 hospitals in seven states. In addition to intensivists who observe patients and direct care at distant ICUs, neurologists provide guidance on stroke treatment to community hospitals. A team of virtual hospitalists orders and reads tests, and nurses field questions about everything from nosebleeds to sinus infections. Other clinicians, like Hoevelmann’s doctors, stay in near continuous touch with chronically ill patients at home – though these patients may venture to town occasionally for checkups at their doctor’s office nearby.

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