Health First & Florida Hospital Partnership
A Win-Win Scenario Some partnerships don’t just make for good business; they also make perfect sense. Health First Health Plans of Brevard County and Florida Hospital Healthcare System (FHHS) recently agreed to the kind of deal that will have a major impact on health insurance plan offerings across as many as 10 Central Florida counties. With a 4.5-star rated Medicare Advantage plan, Health First Health Plans has more than 60,000 members and is Central Florida’s only fully-integrated health system with four hospitals — Holmes Regional, Viera Hospital, Palm Bay Hospital and Cape Canaveral Hospital — to serve its clients. Florida Hospital Healthcare System is ...
Health Care Reform – Don’t Go it Alone
According to legend, when Alexander the Great was wintering in Gordium he was faced with a seemingly unsolvable puzzle, the Gordian Knot. When he couldn’t find the end of the rope to unbind it, he drew his sword and sliced it in half, producing the required ends. His ingenuity, cunning, outside-the-box thinking and audacity has been celebrated down through history. Shakespeare used the analogy in Henry V, “Turn him to any cause of policy, the Gordian Knot of it he will unloose.” Unfortunately, no “Alexandrian Solution” has been put forward to address the spiraling cost of health care in America. What ...
Health Care Reform 101
The Top 10 Questions Business People Are Asking About the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Answers? I’m Not Sure I Know the Questions! Early in World War II, Winston Churchill described one of Britain’s potential allies as “A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” then added, “but perhaps there is a key.” For many, even the experts, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) could be described in similar terms, but again, “perhaps there is a key.” One area health care professional pointed to one of these keys when she said, “Knowledge is power and in this case knowledge from a ...
Health First Embraces ‘Integrated Delivery Network’
Medicare: Making It Work Better Health care is undergoing one of the most important evolutionary – or perhaps revolutionary – changes in its modern history. We are not talking about the Affordable Care Act, but instead the shift in emphasis from simply providing medical services (i.e. helping sick people get well) to holistically working to keep people healthy. Like our automobiles, it is easier and less time consuming — and therefore more cost effective — to maintain our health in good working order than to repair it when it breaks. A second and equally far reaching change is integrating the health delivery system. Health First, ...
More Commercial Industries Partnering with Florida Tech for Research
Engineering the Future The term “partnering” for engineering schools like Florida Institute of Technology used to describe having students “co-op” or alternate semesters at area high-tech companies. Those programs still exist, but research and public-private partnerships are gaining new prominence on campus today. Support by local industry “has always been strong, but it’s probably stronger now than it has ever been. For me, it’s very exciting,” said Fredric Ham, dean of the College of Engineering, the largest on campus with 2,000 undergrads and 700 grad students. “It can actually involve several different facets, like a cooperative agreement for joint research ventures,” said Ham. ...
Electric Picture Display Systems Creates Virtual Training Grounds
Electric Picture Display Systems Creates Virtual Training Grounds for Piloting Ships, Planes, Trains & More Central Florida's Expanding Simulation by George White Visionaries at Electric Picture Display Systems in Melbourne are riding the wave of new technology much like the worlds they create for full-scale training simulators. The company’s rather humble beginnings in 2003 centered on video projection systems, the type later replaced in large part by flat screen technologies, said President R.P. Higgins. Electric Picture Display Systems now operates from its 4,000-square-foot headquarters facility just north of the Pineda Causeway. The facility houses a fabrication workshop, demonstration setups – including a helicopter training ...
Modus Operandi Delivers Information-Based Intelligence
Finding the Right Needle in the Right Haystack by Carl Kotala As Modus Operandi President Rick McNeight likes to say, the defense company’s software doesn’t just find a needle in a haystack, it finds the right needle in the right haystack. The Melbourne-based company has developed a way to mine specific pieces of data from a host of sources – everything from social media to bank records, e-commerce and intelligence information reports – and provide actionable intelligence to military analysts. The software can do in minutes what it would take an analyst weeks to research considering the massive volumes of data involved. “It’s almost ...
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