EPIC launches asset lifecycle management national specialty practice

EPIC | January 17, 2020

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has launched a new national specialty practice – asset lifecycle management. The new practice will offer risk consulting and risk transfer solutions focused on clinical and electronic equipment. Possible clients of the practice include large healthcare systems, major universities, and financial institutions, which all rely on electronic equipment to conduct daily operations. The practice’s solutions will deliver coverage for things such as the cost associated with parts, labor, travel, emergency repair, and preventative maintenance. EPIC hopes to leverage its expertise in providing equipment maintenance management programs for its new practice, a release noted. The practice will be led by managing principals John Bowman and Tony Gerrato.

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