INDIGOMED classifies hospitals according two different profiles: the corporate ownership of the hospital and the kinds of medical care the hospital is licensed and equipped to provide.

According to the ownership prospective, the hospital comprises three different types of ownership models: private not-for-profit, private for-profit and government.

For the medical profile, INDIGOMED classifies hospitals as follows:

Acute Care General Hospitals are equipped and staffed to provide short- term, inpatient medical and surgical services for many different conditions and illnesses, and provide continuous nursing services. When staffed, equipped and licensed to handle acute episodes of various illnesses and conditions accidents or other traumas, which may or may not involve intensive care, these facilities are also classified as acute care hospitals. Today’s acute care general hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide around-the-clock emergency care, day-to-day medical services and, in many cases, wellness and other specialty services such as transplant surgery and research-based studies.

Specialty Acute Care Hospitals offer highly specialized care for a particular group of patients, such as children or patients requiring long-term acute treatment, psychiatric care or rehabilitation, or a particular group of conditions, such as cancer centers.

Teaching Hospitals – An acute care general hospital may also be classified as a teaching hospital. Teaching hospitals provide medical education facilities and training to future health care professionals. Most teaching hospitals also serve as community or regional hospitals. A teaching and/or research hospital usually has many specialty units and is able to handle large scale medical disasters. Formal teaching facilities are usually affiliated with an accredited undergraduate medical school or university and are structured and staffed to provide both an undergraduate and postgraduate accredited medical curriculum.

Research Hospitals – Teaching hospitals may also perform a vital research function via specialist research departments. A research hospital studies ways to reduce disease and medical disability and improve medical conditions.

Hospitals can be classified simultaneously in several of these categories, for example an Acute Care General Teaching and Research Hospital, or a Teaching and Research hospital.

This diagram shows in a non-technical way how each level of care can move the patient to the next level of care.



Most of us have become familiar with the term primary care physician. The primary or first level of care – for example, those health and medical needs treated by your family physician in an office – usually only requires your personal or family physician. Primary Care Physician, Family Physician or Public Health Clinic       NO INDIGOMED interventions


Sometimes a primary care physician will seek the opinion of a specialist concerning treatment. Your primary care physician may refer you to a medical specialist in the medical field that is needed. Specialist Physician INDIGOMED On-line SO


The medical opinions of the specialist and the primary care physician can form the basis for a referral to a third level of care – outpatient hospital services or an ambulatory (outpatient) surgical center. Should 24-hour care be needed, you could be referred for inpatient care. Acute Care General Hospital or Ambulatory Surgical Center INDIGOMED On-line Second Opinion and packaged Elective treatment proposal and intervention


Sometimes special equipment or highly specialized physicians are needed to return a patient to health. The fourth level of care may require a specialty acute care hospital. It may be a teaching or research hospital or other specialty unit or facility. Specialty Acute Care Hospital INDIGOMED On-line Second Opinion and packaged Elective treatment proposal and intervention