AIF releases new videos featuring highlights from Florida Health Care Affordability Summit

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Associated Industries of Florida Foundation released a series of videos today featuring highlights from the 2014 Florida Health Care Affordability Summit held in January.

The two-day conference brought together decision makers, forward-thinking businesses and industry leaders to address the challenges and opportunities in the future of Florida’s health care system.

The purpose of the symposium was to focus on available industry tools — including telemedicine and increased accountability — to make healthcare accessible and affordable for all Floridians. Attendees discussed topics ranging from technologies to deliver quality care and monitoring at a patient’s home, to workplace incentives promoting healthier workforces and lifestyles.

There was also a focus on how employers can promote healthier employees, and support workers to live healthier and more active lives.

Among the videos available are discussions and group forums for the topics Employer Innovations: Tackling the Challenge of Keeping a Workforce Healthy, and the keynote address from Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong.

Other speakers were State Rep. Gary Pigman, speaking on Health Care Workforce Innovation: Meeting the Workforce Demands and State Sen. Joe Negron, who talked about the high costs associated with poor health.

Sponsors of the summit included Aetna, AARP, AT&T, Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Hospital Corporation of America, Verizon and Wal-Mart.

Full details on participants, presentations, photos and video clips from the 2014 Florida Health Care Affordability Summit, visit, like on Facebook and follow on Twitter @HealthCareFL.

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