Virtual Hospital article on

  1. A hospital without patients

    "CHESTERFIELD, Mo.― Located off a superhighway exit in suburban St. Louis, nestled among locust, elm and sweetgum trees, the Mercy Virtual Care Center has a lot in common with other hospitals. It has nurses and doctors and a cafeteria, and the staff spend their days looking after the very sick―checking their vital signs, recording notes, responding to orders and alarms, doing examinations and chatting with them.

    There’s one thing Mercy Virtual doesn’t have: beds.

    Instead, doctors and nurses sit at carrels in front of monitors that include camera-eye views of the patients and their rooms, graphs of their blood chemicals and images of their lungs and limbs, and lists of problems that computer programs tell them to look out for. The nurses wear scrubs, but the scrubs are very, very clean. The patients are elsewhere."

    The author answered my question about possible workplace "fit" in this circumstance, and the "Big Brother" aspect of having nurses and doctors remotely looking after hospital patients. If it means improved outcomes with fewer dollars spent due to shorter stays, then there has to be something to it, right? Or could you EVER picture yourself working with nurses/doctors remotely?

    Last edit by traumaRUs on Nov 13