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A FEW YEARS AGO, the hospitalists at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., found themselves struggling.

Their individual census wasn’t particularly high “between 12 and 14 patients a day “but their productivity was below par. Billing charges were being lost, primary care physicians were waiting days for discharge summaries, and the hospitalists felt they didn’t have enough time at the bedside with patients or to discuss cases with consultants.

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