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 New Smart Ear Thermometer for Instant Temperature Readings

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  Kinsa, the company behind the world’s first FDA-cleared smartphone-connected thermometer, has announced the launch of its second connected health device, a wireless Smart Ear Thermometer on Indiegogo that provides instant and accurate temperature readings at the push of a button. Kinsa's Smart Ear Thermometer is the first to combine temperature readings with symptom tracking and actionable next steps based on key health indicators. The device is now available for pre-order on
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Enrollment of Scanadu Scout’s First Clinical Trail Completed

Enrollment of Scanadu Scout's First Clinical Trail Completed

Researchers with the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) have completed enrollment in the first clinical trial of the Scanadu Scout, a wireless health sensor that analyze, track, and trend your vital signs in few seconds. Enrollment in the clinical trail was recently closed after participation surpassed over 4,000 people. Participants were recruited from more than 5,000 backers of Scanadu's record-breaking Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that were the first consumers to receive the
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ICD-10 Readiness Survey: Only 43% of Providers Currently On Track

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Only 43 percent of healthcare organizations feel they are currently on track with their preparation, according to key findings from Navicure's fourth ICD-10 readiness survey. Navicure and Porter Research deployed the survey in August 2015 as the fourth wave of a research study designed to trend attitudes and behavior regarding the transition to ICD-10. The survey finds that majority (85 percent) are still optimistic they will be ready when the transition happens, yet more than half of
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MEA|NEA Acquires The White Stone Group to Create Integrated Platform for Secure Health Exchange

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MEA|NEA, a provider of secure health information exchange for medical and dental providers, announced today that it has acquired The White Stone Group, Inc., a best-in class provider of healthcare communication management solutions. This acquisition positions the company to create a single, highly-integrated platform for the secure exchange of protected health information and communication management between patients, providers and payers. Financial terms of the acquisition were not
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CVS Signs Telehealth Partnerships with American Well, Doctor On Demand, Teladoc

CVS to Launch Digital Health Innovation Lab in Boston

CVS Health has signed telehealth partnerships with American Well, Doctor on Demand and Teladoc to expand its broader commitment to connected health, exploring new and effective ways that digital technology can improve the health care experience. Under terms of the partnerships, CVS Health will explore how direct-to-consumer telehealth providers, retail pharmacy and retail clinic providers can collaborate to improve patient care.  "During our initial phase of exploration of telehealth in our
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Cerner to Integrate Hospira’s Infusion Pump Data Into EMR

Cerner Acquires Siemens Health IT Business for $1.3B

  Cerner has announced an integration agreement with Hospira, Inc., a provider of  injectable drugs and infusion technologies to enhance interoperability between Hospira's smart intravenous (I.V.) infusion devices and Cerner'sCareAware solutions to meet the evolving needs of healthcare organizations. The new expanded agreement focuses on broadening interoperability among Hospira's portfolio of smart infusion pumps with Hospira MedNet™ safety software and Cerner'sMillennium™ healthcare
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Medsphere Unveils OpenVista NoteAssist to Transform Clinical Documentation Process

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Medsphere Systems Corporation, a provider of "open" EHR solutions, introduced OpenVista NoteAssist, a new clinical documentation tool. To give clinicians greater flexibility and control, NoteAssist streamlines the process of compiling patient data and incorporating it into various types of documentation such as progress notes and discharge summaries by remembering user preferences and text input between both user sessions and individual notes. OpenVista NoteAssist Overview Using NoteAssist,
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HealthSpot to Bring 7 Minute Blood Tests to Telehealth Kiosks

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HealthSpot, a provider of enclosed telemedicine kiosks, unveiled the telehealth industry's first integrated lab test with Samsung Electronics' rapid lab testing device at NACDS Expo in Denver on Monday. Samsung's latest medical innovation, the Samsung LABGEO PT10 is a smart, compact clinical chemistry analyzer that will quickly analyze patient blood samples while they wait with just a drop of blood from a finger stick. Pending FDA approval, both patients who visit a HealthSpot station, and their
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Bayer HealthCare Launches Digital Health Accelerator in Berlin

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Bayer HealthCare has launched its own digital health accelerator program in Berlin, Germany called "Grants4Apps," selecting five digital health startups from around the globe that will advance their business ideas and technology in areas such as hormone tests, patient adherence, breathing patterns, clinical trials and vitamin deficiency. The selected five digital health startups will receive financial support of up to 50,000 Euro and will work out of the company's pharmaceutical division in
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Novant Health To Integrate Epic MyChart with FitBit & HealthKit

Apple's HealthKit To Integrate with Epic's MyChart App

Starting this month, Novant Health patients will be able to share data from FitBit and Apple HealthKit with their doctor through Novant Health's patient portal, Epic MyChart. By integrating with Fitbit and Apple HealthKit, Novant Health's more than 430,000 MyChart patient portal users will be able to submit data from personal fitness devices, such as smart scales and wearable fitness trackers, directly to their doctors. According to Epic, Novant Health leads the nation in patient engagement
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