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April 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 10
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"The technology is new, but of course patient care is not new. Modern healthcare demands the accurate measurement and analysis of data relevant to a patient's condition and prognosis." That is how Dr. Frank Astor describes WITHmyDOC, a software platform designed to optimize remote patient monitoring (RPM).

For the past two months, Kelly Skidmore has been serving as the CEO of the Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS), a position previously held by Tenna Wiles for the past 22 years. She brings a wealth of healthcare experience to this role, as well as advocacy and legislative expertise as a former and current member of the Florida House of Representatives.

No two brains are alike. It’s what makes you unique and when your brain is injured, treatments must be tailored to your needs. Even the causes and symptoms of a concussion may differ.

Last fall, Cleveland Clinic named Conor Delaney, M.D., Ph.D., as President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic Florida region. Delaney oversees a region that includes five hospitals, a state-of-the-art research center and numerous outpatient centers located in five counties across Southeast Florida.

In these days of division, strife and interfaith, inter-racial, single-sex unions, I am longing for the day when we can finally strike prepositions like “inter” from our vocabularies and just get along. Considering the pandemic, we’re all going through together, and the loss of more than 2.7 million lives worldwide, isn’t it time to recognize we are all intrinsically linked no matter race, religion, socio-economic level or nationality.

 

Florida and the rest of the nation are hopefully turning the corner on the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. However, while case rates continue to drop and the state’s economy continues to improve, many people still face economic uncertainty and the prospect of lapsing health insurance.

Two former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretaries and a range of influential leaders convene for the University of Miami’s “2021 The Business of Health Care” virtual conference on April 16 to address the sector’s recovery in the wake of the pandemic.

The accelerating nursing shortage is well documented. 500,000 nurses are forecasted to retire from the workforce in the next few years, with 1.1 million needed to fill the ensuing and growing gap.

The pandemic continues to affect the health of everyone, as evidenced by the dramatic drop in all routine screenings and tests.

At Broward Health, colorectal cancer screenings plummeted nearly 60% systemwide from 2019 due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Without the screenings, potentially life-saving diagnoses may be missed that could lead to less favorable long-term outcomes. 

Physicians have been waiting anxiously as the state and federal governments have rolled out their efforts to vaccinate the population. It appears we may be reaching a tipping point where we can no longer have this trusted and eager army of medical professionals waiting on the sidelines.

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