Evolving practice of hospital medicine and its impact on hospital throughput and efficiencies

J Hosp Med. 2012 Oct;7(8):649-54. doi: 10.1002/jhm.1951. Epub 2012 Jul 12.


Hospitalists are uniquely positioned to implement strategies to improve patient flow and efficiency. Hospital leaders have stated they expect hospitalists to comanage surgical patients, participate in observation units, and screen medical admissions, in addition to providing inpatient care for medical patients. We review how the hospitalists' role in acute inpatient care, surgical comanagement, short stay units, chest pain units, and active bed management has improved throughput and patient flow.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Chest Pain
  • Efficiency*
  • Efficiency, Organizational*
  • Hospitalists / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals*
  • Humans
  • Inpatients
  • Leadership*
  • Length of Stay
  • Patient Care
  • United States