About Fred Pennic

Fred Pennic is the founder of HIT Consultant. Fred has significant experience as a management consultant working with healthcare providers across the country. As a digital media strategist, Fred assists healthcare technology companies in improving the ROI of their brand visibility/awareness, content marketing strategies, and digital/social media campaigns.

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Nuance Launches Evidence Based Computer-Assisted Reporting for Radiologists

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Nuance today announced the industry’s first integrated computer-assisted reporting solution at the point of clinical documentation for radiologists, PowerScribe 360® Reporting version 3.0. The solution uses the Nuance PowerShare Network’s cloud technology to push updated clinical guidelines from the American College of Radiology (ACR) directly to radiologists as they’re reviewing imaging procedures and making diagnostic decisions. By automatically triggering clinical decision support, the
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3 Major Trends That Will Transform Genomic Medicine

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After the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, early successes in genomic medicine fell short of the initial high expectations. But today, a potent mix of influences—including innovation in biology and technology, market demand and consumerism—is furthering an evolution that crosses industries. Healthcare providers can now personalize care plans thanks to lower sequencing costs that allow genomic data to be combined with electronic health data. Life sciences companies can develop
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Physician Save Patient’s Life through Medical Crowdsourcing

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Would you know what this was if someone coughed this up? Many other primary care doctors in the country wouldn't either. Dr. Easton Jackson, a Utah-based primary care physician, treated a boy who had a persistent but otherwise non-serious cough…until he coughed up this branch-like mass. Rather than simply wait for lab results, the doctor snapped a picture and posted it on SERMO to crowdsource insights from colleagues and specialists. He also created a poll listing multiple diagnoses.
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Kareo Launches Apple Watch App To Improve Medical Practice Efficiency

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Kareo, a cloud-based medical office EHR for independent medical practices is launching an Apple Watch App. The integration of the Apple Watch with Kareo's EHR streamlines care delivery and enhancing the patient experience by improving communications, reducing patient wait times, and increasing practice efficiency. The Apple Watch App was created in response to the growing demands on physicians to increase their focus on all aspects of patient engagement. “Physicians are on their feet attending
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MD Anderson Pilots Apple Watch for Breast Cancer Treatment

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MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is teaming up with behavioral health technology company Polaris Health Directions (Polaris) on an behavioral health pilot project using the Apple Watch to help improve breast cancer treatment outcomes. The integrated medical behavioral health pilot project will utilize the Apple Watch to capture behavioral data that could affect the courses and outcomes of treatment for breast cancer patients. The partnership brings together MD Anderson Cooper’s expertise
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Xerox Expands into Population Health with Acquisition of Healthy Communities Institute

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Xerox announced its acquisition of Healthy Communities Institute (HCI), a Berkeley, Calif.-based company with a leading cloud platform that puts socioeconomic and community health information at the fingertips of hospitals, public health agencies and community coalitions. HCI’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform centralizes proprietary, healthcare and community data to help hospitals and other health organizations manage population health. By tapping data derived from clinical visits,
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MEDNAX To Acquire Teleradiology Firm vRad for $500M

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MEDNAX, a national medical group comprised of the nation's leading providers of neonatal, anesthesia, maternal-fetal and pediatric physician subspecialty services announced that it will acquire teleradiology firm vRad for $500 million. vRad's current management team will join MEDNAX as part of the transaction. The company's headquarters and 24/7 operations and client support center will continue to be based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. vRad Overview The outsourced radiology physician services
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Precision BioSciences Raises $25.6M to Expand Genome Editing Platform

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Genome editing-based company, Precision BioSciences announced it has closed $25.6 million Series A financing led by venBio. The Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based company's oversubscribed round was also joined by Fidelity Biosciences, Amgen Ventures, Baxter Ventures, Osage University Partners, the Longevity Fund, and two well-known public market investors. As part of the Series A round, Robert Adelman of venBio and Ben Auspitz of Fidelity Biosciences will join Precision’s Board
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Population Health Company Evolent Health Files for $100M IPO

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Arlington, Va.-based Evolent Health, a population health management services organization (MSO) that integrates the technology, tools and on-the-ground resources to support health systems in executing on their population health and care transformation objectives has filed for a $100 million IPO, according to SEC filing. The company is looking to raise $100 million and will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol EVH.  Founded in 2011 by UPMC Health Plan and The Advisory
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Joint Telehealth Pilot Program Reduces Hospitalizations by 45%

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An at-home telehealth pilot program for patients with multiple chronic conditions between Philips and Arizona-based Banner Health has led to a 45 percent reduction in hospitalizations. Working together to address the shift toward value-based care and increased penalties for readmissions, the Intensive Ambulatory Care (IAC) pilot program assessed the results of 135 patients1 to determine the effectiveness of the IAC program in meeting its clinical and financial goals. Joint Telehealth Program
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