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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Population Health: New Era Requires Focus on Emergent-Risk

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Today’s population health strategies currently used by health plans and employer groups are missing the mark when it comes to directly affecting healthcare’s number one health challenge: arresting the trajectory of compounding chronic conditions. The 25-35% of the U.S. adult population fall within the category of those with one or more pre-chronic or early-stage chronic conditions who, if not treated with the right solutions, can quickly become patients with multiple chronic conditions who will
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Hospital Uses Google Glass To Diagnose Skin Conditions

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A team of physicians at Rhode Island Hospital conducted a research trail with Google Glass to gauge the effectiveness, security and patient acceptance of a real-time, video skin consultation. The study began in March, 2014 and concluded after six months. The research results were recently published this week in JAMA Dermatology. Study Overview For the patients who qualified for the trial, the emergency department physicians at the Rhode Island Hospital used Google Glass to contact a
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Employee Stress Management App meQuilibrium Raises $9M

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Studies show that up to 95% of U.S. workers experience moderate to severe stress, propelling absenteeism, productivity, injury and turnover costs. These factors cost U.S. businesses an estimated $300B annually, and healthcare expenditures are estimated to be 50% greater for high-stress workers.   Today, meQuilibrium, an online platform that beats stress, builds resilience and promotes healthy behavior, announced that it raised a $9 million Series B financing round led by Safeguard Scientifics
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Mayo Clinic, Optum360 Partner To Optimize Revenue Cycle

Mayo Clinic Study Reveals Patient Portals Had Little impact on Face to Face Visits

Optum360 and Mayo Clinic are partnering to develop new revenue cycle management services capabilities aimed at improving patient experiences and satisfaction while reducing administrative costs for health care providers. As part of the agreement, Optum360 and Mayo Clinic will collaborate on enhancing and redesigning specific elements of the revenue cycle to increase efficiency while creating a convenient, accurate, transparent and personal experience for patients. A key focus is improving the
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Apple ResearchKit Now Available To All Medical Researchers

11k Sign Up for Apple's ResearchKit In Less Than 24 Hours

Apple has announced that ResearchKit, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research that helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using mobile devices, is now available to researchers and developers. The platform was first launched last month with five inaugural research apps developed using ResearchKit study asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease,
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Partners Healthcare, Samsung Partner To Develop Personalized Digital Health Solutions

Partners HealthCare Gets 7 Year $12M NIH Grant for Biomedical Innovation Center

Partners HealthCare is partnering with Samsung Electronics to develop the next generation of personalized digital and mobile solutions for health and wellness. The first phase of this partnership will include software development and clinical research to deliver tools to improve chronic disease management.   Remote monitoring programs help patients and providers effectively manage chronic conditions, enabling patients to track their health, securely share personal health data with their
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Nuance, MEDITECH, IMO Partner to Automate Patient Problem Lists

Nuance Launches Role Based ICD-10 Education for Healthcare Providers

Nuance has announced a collaboration with Intelligent Medical Objects(IMO) and MEDITECH to take rich clinical narratives from physician notes, extract key facts as structured data and automatically populate patient problem lists and allergy lists using physician-friendly terminologies to preserve clinical intent of physician documentation in the EHR. This unique approach enables healthcare providers to translate unstructured narrative text into clinically-accurate, discrete data in the EHR
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Practice Fusion to Launch EHR-Based Clinical Trial Network

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Cloud-based EHR provider, Practice Fusion is partnering with EHR clinical trail provider, ePatientFinder to launch one of the nation’s largest EHR-based clinical trial networks. This partnership will enable physicians using Practice Fusion’s EHR to learn about the newest clinical trials and which of their patients may be eligible to participate. With over 50 million patient encounters a year, Practice Fusion’s partnership with ePatientFinder will help launch one of the nation’s largest
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Report: Hospitals That Use Tablets/Mobile Devices Are More Efficient

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  74 percent of hospitals that use tablets or other mobile devices to collect information from patients are more efficient than those that don't, according to a new report by Ricoh. The report reveals more than half (54 percent) say patients are less anxious during hospital visits when healthcare providers use tablets or other mobile devices to perform data collection.  These are among the findings of an online survey conducted by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 adults in the United States
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HIMSS Leadership Survey: 11 Key Findings

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Today, at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, HIMSS released the results of the 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey. The survey of more than 300 participants conducted between January 9, 2015 and February 24, 2015, examined key trending issues impacting the business of healthcare including patient considerations, security concerns, insurance models and policy mandates. Here are 11 key findings from the survey: 1. 72 percent of respondents report that consumer and
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