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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Kinsa Launches “Groups” for Parents to Monitor the Health of Their Child’s School


  Kinsa, the company behind the world’s first FDA-cleared smartphone-connected thermometer, has announced the launch of Kinsa Groups designed to help parents monitor and track the overall health at their child's schools. The Groups feature is currently available for public schools across the United States for its iOS and Android apps.The launch of the Groups feature brings Kinsa another step closer to its mission: to create the "health weather," a real-time understanding of the local
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Sutter Health Awards HIMSS Stage 7 Award & Clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards

HIMSS Stage 7_HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics awarded Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Calif. with a  Stage 7 Award, and its Palo Alto Medical Foundation clinics throughout the Bay Area with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards. Stage 7 Award: HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and
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Hospital Uses Google Glass to Integrate Prompts During Trauma Care

Google Glass Truama Care

  Trauma surgeons at Forbes Hospital is now using Google Glass to integrate prompts during trauma patient resuscitation to treat critically injured patients. Utilizing the software solution called Visual Info Zonal Reminder (VIZR) developed by Alex Guerrero, MD, a trauma surgeon from New York features information on a wide range of traumatic injuries.  How It Works Once a patient program is initiated, a timer begins that provides important prompts and reminders to the trauma team every
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Survey: Top 5 Digital Health Tools for Tech-Savvy Seniors


An estimated 3.9 million Americans are reaching 65 years old this year, there's growing demand among seniors (67 percent) who want digital health tools for accessing care services from home, according to an Accenture survey. The consumer research conducted by Accenture between May and June 2014 with 10,730 adults across 10 countries reveals seniors who place a higher priority on technology are more likely to proactively manage their health. For example, 75 percent of seniors who value
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Mayo Clinic to Publish Its Algorithms to Improve Patient Outcomes

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

On Wednesday, Mayo Clinic announced it will commercialize its analytics, publishing and sharing algorithms with healthcare enterprises to improve patient outcomes. Utilizing Apervita's secure self-service health analytics platform, healthcare enterprises can leverage Mayo Clinic's robust portfolio of health analytics to improve patient care. Mayo Clinic will join other prominent health institutions in the growing Apervita analytics community of providers who are already utilizing the
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Sharecare Acquires Behavioral Voice Analysis Technology

Sharecare App

- Sharecare, a comprehensive digital health and wellness engagement platform has acquired Germany-based Feingold Technologies, a developer of behavioral voice analysis technology. The acquisition immediately expands Sharecare’s development resources, helping to accelerate growth and engagement of ultra-personalized and frictionless solutions that enable people to optimize their health. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Integration Plans As part of the acquisition, Feingold
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ADP AdvancedMD Releases ICD-10 Toolkit Mobile App

ADP AdvancedMD Releases ICD-10 Toolkit Mobile App

ADP AdvancedMD has announced the release and availability of AdvancedMD ICD-10 Toolkit mobile app that gives private practices a suite of ICD-10 preparation tools available in the iTunes Store. Now anyone with an iPhone or iPad running iOS8 can easily test their readiness and train staff for the October 1st deadline, free of charge. Customers of AdvancedMD practice management software can also leverage the app to add ICD-10 codes to their charge slip templates. The app was created as part of
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Survey Reveals ICD-10 Cash Flow Impact Greatest Concern for Physician Practices

ICD-10 Impact on Cash Flow

59% of physician practices are most concerned about ICD-10 cash flow impact and revenue, according to key findings from Navicure third ICD-10 readiness survey, deployed in January 2015 in conjunction with Porter Research. The findings revealed physician practices are generally optimistic about being ready for the October 1, 2015, transition date, although only 21 percent feel they are currently on track with preparation efforts. However, when physician practices were asked how much they budgeted
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66% of Americans Would Use Mobile Health Apps to Manage Their Health

mobile health apps

Almost two-thirds (66%) of Americans would use a mobile app to manage health-related issues, according to the findings released today from the 5th Annual Makovsky/Kelton "Pulse of Online Health" Survey. Conducted in January 2015 to 1,015 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and older by Kelton, the Makovsky Health survey investigated consumers' behavior and preferences for engaging with online healthcare information. The survey uncovered shifts in consumer behaviors around online
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Cleveland Clinic, VA Integrates EMRs To Improve Veteran Care


  On Monday, Cleveland Clinic and the Veterans Administration (VA) announced they will integrate with each other's EMRs for "seamless access" starting this month, according to Crain's Cleveland Business. The integration will expand Cleveland Clinic's Care Care Everywhere HIE developed by Epic to the VA network allowing physicians to perform care coordination for more than 1,800 veterans.  Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) The VA has been making a major push to enroll more
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