South Florida Hospital News
Saturday January 18, 2020

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January 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 7




The Dade County Medical Association (DCMA) has used this forum in the past to implore our members to utilize our association to take action to defend against the inappropriate reimbursement practices of insurance companies. A recent success story with the Medicaid program highlights how effective we can be when working together.

About six weeks ago, I decided to go primarily vegan. No particular reason. It just seemed healthier. I am happy to say I am doing well on the new regiment. Eating out can be tricky, but for the most part the experiment has been successful. Before the change, I decided to take one more trip to my favorite fast food joint. 

Novice nurses entering acute care practice are often criticized for being "task-oriented." Sometimes, it is a glib comment from an expert nurse who has had their critical thinking skills finely tuned after years or even decades of bedside experience. Other times, it is the recognition that nursing school education has changed, and the opinion that clinical simulation is much less beneficial to the development of clinical skills in a novice nurse than bedside patient care. 

In a state where the minimum hourly wage is $8.46, we’ve chosen to increase the minimum we pay employees to $12.00 an hour. Memorial Healthcare System personnel who were already making between $12-14.81/hour were also given a raise. It’s a direct investment of $4.3 million by the healthcare system into its staff that will positively impact 2,200 people, more than 15% of our workforce.

As we enter 2020, a new decade of healthcare innovations and trends emerge. New technologies, research and strategies will influence not only the care of patients, but also the healthcare workforce. This ultimately impacts the recruitment and retention of top talent – both clinical and non-clinical. 

Each year, nearly two million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As one of the largest public healthcare systems in the United States, Broward Health is committed to enhancing detection and treatment of cancer through robotics, transplants and clinical studies.

Physician investigators at Holy Cross Hospital's Research Institutes have expanded their efforts to offer innovative research studies close to home for patients who live in South Florida. The hospital’s research programs now include clinical trials in cardiovascular disease, cancer, orthopedics, neuroscience, pain management, and women's health, among others.

Robotic technology is revolutionizing surgical care, benefitting patient recovery. Each year, more than one million joint replacements are performed in the United States, and knee replacement is one type of joint anthroplasty that has been greatly improved through the use of computer-navigated and image-guided surgery.

When peers in the technology industry ask me to predict the future of healthcare, my standard response is to the point: Three years from now, almost nothing that we’re doing today in healthcare tech will be the same, so remain nimble and adaptable for what’s ahead.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center became the first and only hospital in the state of Florida to use the NAVIO orthopedic surgical system to help surgeons perform precise and accurate partial knee replacement surgeries using the JOURNEY UNI knee. This technology for partial knee replacements uses a CT-free intra-operative registration, planning and navigation platform to assist the surgeon in building patient-specific surgical plans.

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