Hospitalist: History And Field

Dr. Andres Soto, Chief of Hospital Medicine with Baptist Health South Florida, says hospitalist have been the fastest-growing specialty in the United States in the last 25 years. "Dr. Robert Wagner, at the University of California San Francisco, wrote an article in 1996, describing the role of a hospitalist." Convenience, efficiency, financial strains reduction on primary care doctors, patient safety, cost-effectiveness for hospital, and need for more specialized and coordinated care for hospitalized patients are some of the reasons for having a hospitalist.

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