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July 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 1

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If you want to see someone's eyes light up, talk to Dr. Sidney Coupet about the subject of direct primary care (DPC). That will do it. 

Dr. Coupet, the son of Haitian immigrants who settled in Brooklyn, stands for the possibility of access to quality health care for everyone. To this end, he has established Spark Health, Inc.

Despite the unknowns of the current healthcare environment, big changes are certainly on the horizon that will significantly affect hospitals and health systems across the country. Reimbursement is expected to continue declining, while the pressures to improve quality and reduce costs will intensify. 

When I first came up with the idea of creating a dedicated healthcare group, the response was why?

When I continued to pursue that idea, the response was why? It was a valid question to ask because at the time, financial service organizations did not have dedicated groups for lawyers, engineers, nurses or doctors.

Since 2012, Florida International University (FIU) has offered a Master’s of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics (MSHI&A). This interdisciplinary field studies and pursues effective uses of health-related data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and organizational decision-making, in an effort to improve both health and healthcare delivery.

Since changing the protocol for handling the transfer of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) patients in 2005, first responders with the Hialeah Fire Department have decreased door-to-balloon time to 51 minutes.

Plaza Health Network (PHN), South Florida's largest, not-for- profit, network of rehabilitative care and skilled nursing centers serves a diverse population.

Plaza's mission is to provide restorative, high quality care. That standard is even higher now with the inclusion of continual changes in medical technology, such as telemedicine.

Orange Care Group LLC’s independent Accountable Care Organizations and Independent Physician Association have become the first to collaborate with a major health system to adopt Epic’s Healthy Planet through the Connect program. The adoption is made possible through a technology partnership between Orange and Memorial Healthcare System

Orange Care Group LLC’s independent Accountable Care Organizations and Independent Physician Association have become the first to collaborate with a major health system to adopt Epic’s Healthy Planet through the Connect program. The adoption is made possible through a technology partnership between Orange and Memorial Healthcare System

Marcela Sweeney is a clinical informatics nurse manager. She leads the implementation, integration and evolution of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) for the hospital. In her role, Marcela’s responsibilities include developing and executing change management strategies

Prior to his current role at Florida Medical Center, Trey served as COO at both Delray Medical Center and the Regional Medical Center of San Jose (CA). He also served as an Associate Administrator at the Medical Center of Arlington in Texas.

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