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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IMS Health Acquires Canada-based Privacy Analytics

IMS Health Acquires Canada-based Privacy Analytics

IMS Health has acquired Canada-based Privacy Analytics, a technology provider that enables healthcare organizations to unleash the value of sensitive data for secondary purposes without compromising personal health information. The acquisition will help IMS Health strengthen its robust Real-World Evidence (RWE) capabilities and advance the company’s ability to help life sciences clients drive R&D and commercial performance and demonstrate treatment value in real-world settings. MS Health
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3 Keys to Scaling Up Population Health Management for Providers

3 Keys to Scaling Up Population Health Management for Providers

Financial incentives, technological advances and pioneering care models have provided fertile soil for the green shoots of population health to grow. But for these programs to flourish, they will need more sophisticated analytics, patient stratification, community involvement and care management.This week, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) released “Population health: Scaling up,” where they interviewed executives in leading healthcare, research and academic institutions on how organizations
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drchrono Integrates Heart & Lung Sounds into EHR for Clinical Documentation

drchrono Integrates Heart & Lung Sounds into EHR

 Three companies have teamed up to integrate a patient's heart and lung sounds into the EHR for clinical documentation for the first time ever, representing a milestone in longitudinal patient care. The new partnership from Direct Urgent Care,Eko, and drchrono uses a quick three step process, clinicians can now seamlessly integrate heart and lung sounds into a patient's EHR. How It Works1. Direct Urgent Care, a Berkeley-based urgent care provider with 30,000 patients, enables providers to record
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Intermountain Healthcare Pumps $12M into Machine Learning Startup Zebra Medical

Intermountain Healthcare Pumps $12M into Zebra for Automated Diagnostic Algorithms

Intermountain Healthcare has invested $12 million in strategic funding with Zebra Medical Vision, an Israeli medical company. The partnership will accelerate the creation of Zebra’s imaging analytics engine and create neural networks that will use Zebra’s vast imaging dataset to assist radiologists with automated diagnostic algorithms. In addition to Intermountain, Zebra's existing investors include Khosla Ventures and Marc Benioff. Founded in 2014 by Co-Founders Eyal Toledano, Eyal Gura, and
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Propeller, Health Vectura Partner To Develop Connected Dry-Powder Inhaler

Vectura Group

Digital health company Propeller Health is teaming up with respiratory pharmaceutical company Vectura to develop digitally connected dry powder inhaler (“DPI”) technology inhalers integrated with Propeller's FDA-cleared digital health platform. The partnership will bring a new connected dry-powder inhaler device onto the Propeller platform. Vectura provides a range of pre-metered foil blister-based dry powder inhalers developed to meet patients’ needs in inhalation therapy. The initial focus of
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Canary Health Acquires Mobile Stress Management Company bLife

Canary Health Acquires bLife

Digital health self management company Canary Health(formerly DPS Health), announced it has acquired mobile stress management company, bLife, to round out its self-management suite that includes a CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and the chronic disease online workshops from Stanford University's Patient Education Research Center. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. As part of the acquisition, bLife co-founder Paul Campbell has joined the senior management team
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StartUp Health Adds 3 Digital Health Startups to its Portfolio

Startup Health

StartUp Health, a global entrepreneurship development company for Healthcare Transformers, and  GE Ventures, announced the addition of three digital health startups to its StartUp Health Academy’s GE Program. As part of the partnership, both companies will work to build 19 companies focused on virtual health solutions and plan to select at least 7 more companies this year to join the program.Since its launch, over 500 companies from 22 countries have applied for StartUp Health Academy with GE
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Fitbit Acquires Wearable Payment Assets from Digital Wallet Coin

Fitbit Acquires Wearable Payment Assets from Digital Wallet Coin

Connected health and fitness market Fitbit Inc. has acquired wearable payment assets of digital wallet startup Coin. The deal includes  key personnel and intellectual property specific to Coin’s wearables payment platform. Currently, Fitbit states it has no plans to integrate Coin’s wearable payments technology into the 2016 Fitbit product roadmap. The acquisition also excludes Coin's 2.0 "universal card" solution.  The company wrote on its blog that "Coin will no longer sell its line of smart
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Livongo Health to Offer Public Wisconsin Employees Access to Diabetes Management Program

Livongo Health for Diabetes Management

Livongo Health, a consumer digital health company has teamed up with WEA Trust to provide public employees in Wisconsin access to its end to end diabetes management program. The goal of the partnership is to improve the quality of life and high cost of care for Trust members with diabetes.“Engaging members to track their diabetes regularly and then giving them real-time feedback is essential to managing care and cost, ” said Dr. Tim Bartholow, WEA Trust’s Chief Medical Officer.Partnership
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Cigna, Integrated Independent Physicians Network Launch Collaborative Care Program

Cigna Partners with SocialWellth to Unveil Marketplace for Health Apps

Cigna and Integrated Independent Physicians Network, LLC have teamed up on a collaborative care program to improve access to health care, enhance care coordination and lower costs. Effective April 1, the program is part of Cigna Collaborative Care, a value-based model that will reach nearly 7,000 customers.Cigna Collaborative Care is helping to improve the health of Cigna customers while effectively managing medical costs. For example, the programs are helping to:- Close gaps in care, such as
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