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June 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 12

Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Baptist Health South Florida announced on May 24, 2019 that they have signed a Definitive Agreement regarding a strategic partnership between the two organizations. This agreement solidifies their plans for affiliation, which is expected to be completed by early summer.

"There is no reason why hospitals should not have accessible websites." "Accessible," in this instance, is referring to sites being available to those who are blind or visually impaired, and the speaker is Virginia Jacko, president and CEO of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.


One of the top cyber threats a healthcare organization faces today are from external creative exploits such as phishing. When a Phishing exploit is successful, ransomware or crypto jacking can be deployed onto your corporate network. The cyber criminals behind these attacks are after patients’ protected health information (PHI) which is why hospitals, physician practices, medical groups and their business partners are among the most sought after organizations.

Digital signage will enhance your internal communications in many ways. Welcome Walls, Digital Directories, Mobile Wayfinding, Emergency Messaging, Menu Boards, Recognition Walls, Employee/Visitor/Patient Communication Boards, Social Media Walls and Outdoor Signage are just a few of the enhanced communicational touch points digital has to offer.

Hurricane season in Florida runs June through November — and ask any Floridian, it’s an extremely long 6 months. Weather reports seem endless and every forecast of a white blob hundreds of miles away seems to stress 2 things: 1. Don’t panic; and 2. Panic! The blob is definitely coming for you and its arrival won’t be good.

Antonio Laudito, M.D., recently appointed Medical Director of the Heart Institute at Palmetto General Hospital (PGH) stands out from the stereotypical caricature of skilled surgeons whose talents are on display in the OR but their passion for patient care remains hidden behind the surgical mask.

It is hard to make this stuff up. I was reading through a trade publication and the headline to an article actually read: Family upset, when ‘robot’ doctor tells grandfather he does not have long to live. To protect the names of the not-so-innocent, I will not mention the prominent Health System that thought it would increase patient care and satisfaction 

A quarter century ago, some of us wondered what this thing called ‘the web’ even was. Many decided to ignore what they couldn’t understand. Luckily, some South Florida health executives recognized they needed to organize around their perceived weakness - Information Technology (IT) - in order to take advantage of its potential strength. 

As Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) continue to evolve, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continue to encourage physicians to assume financial risk for the patients attributed to their ACO. In fact, the most recent changes by CMS incentivize ACOs to assume greater upside risk by minimizing downside risk.

The 2019 session of the Florida Legislature addressed an issue that has become increasingly problematic for physicians trying to deliver cost effective, quality, and responsive medical services- the growing demand for telehealth. In addition to potential cost and timeliness benefits, the public’s acceptance of and expectation for telehealth services reflects the increasing trend towards consumerism in this industry.

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