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Former Time Warner Cable chairman, CEO Glenn Britt passes

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Former chairman and CEO for Time Warner Cable, Glenn Britt, died Wednesday at his home after fighting cancer, according to reports. He was 65 years old.

Britt served on the boards of Cardinal Health, where he was chairman of the audit committee, as well as Xerox Corp. He was also on the boards of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the Paley Center for Media, FIRST Robotics and the Manhattan Theatre Club.

"We mourn the passing of Glenn, both as a fellow board member and a friend," stated George Barrett, chairman and CEO Cardinal Health. "Glenn was a leader in his industry and brought deep wisdom to our board. A man of tremendous accomplishments, Glenn always demonstrated humility and a deep interest in others. He leaves a lasting legacy and will be missed by all of us."

Britt served as chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable until his retirement in December 2013. He began serving as chairman of the company’s board of directors in March 2009, was named president and CEO in 2006, and served as the company’s CEO from August 2001. Until his death in 2014, he served on Time Warner Cable’s board in a non-executive role.

Britt was the driving force behind Time Warner Cable’s aggressive deployment of advanced video services, such as Video on Demand, high-definition television and digital video recorders. He guided the growth of Time Warner Cable’s residential high-speed Internet and digital phone services and Time Warner Cable Business Services. Britt oversaw Time Warner Cable’s emergence as a publicly traded company and grew it from a $6 billion operating division into a $21 billion, high-profile business in a highly competitive industry.

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GNP to host ThoughtSpot conference and tradeshow

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS — ThoughtSpot, an annual conference and tradeshow hosted by Good Neighbor Pharmacy on behalf of AmerisourceBergen will take place in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 1 and 2, GNP announced Thursday. 

The conference aims to equip independent pharmacists with practices and resources they can use to transform their businesses to improve profitability and maintain their position as a vital source of patient care in their local communities, GNP stated.  

AmerisourceBergen executives and industry leaders will open the show with a General Session, providing thoughts on the changes in health care and how independent pharmacies can take advantage of these changes. Robert Irvine, chef and host of the show "Restaurant: Impossible," will be the keynote speaker, bringing his unique insights to how pharmacies can transform their stores. New initiatives and projects from Good Neighbor Pharmacy also will be announced.

 

 

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iHealth Lab launches smartphone-friendly blood-glucose monitor

BY Michael Johnsen

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — iHealth Lab on Thursday announced the launch of the iHealth Align, one of the world’s smallest, FDA-approved mobile blood-glucose monitors, the company stated. The meter plugs directly into a smartphone, and displays and stores readings using the iHealth Gluco-Smart app. By displaying readings directly on the phone screen, iHealth was able to shrink the device size to just slightly larger than the circumference of a quarter. The compact size and mobile sync capability make iHealth Align a small and powerful new tool for diabetes management.

iHealth also announced the iHealth Simple Savings program to eliminate complexities associated with insurance paperwork by significantly lowering the price of their proprietary test strips. The new price is about one-quarter of the list price of most namebrand test strips, the company stated, placing it at or below the typical insurance co-pay contribution. 

The Simple Savings program also will incorporate an option in the near future to automate test strip replenishment through the iHealth Gluco-Smart mobile app, which tracks individual test strip usage, allowing for accurate and timely refills.

"We are excited to bring the next generation of mobile solutions to diabetes management," stated Adam Lin, iHealth Lab president. "We believe this ultraportable device and program are a meaningful advancement for the 26 million individuals in the United States living with diabetes," he said. "For many diabetics, the cost and hassle of managing diabetes on a daily basis can be daunting, so we want to help make measurement and tracking as easy as possible."

The new iHealth Align plugs directly into the headphone jack of a user’s smart phone and works with both iPhone and Android phones. The readings are automatically displayed and logged using the free iHealth Gluco-Smart mobile application. Through the app, users can manage their readings, track insulin and share info with caregivers and supporters. Since all the data is automatically sent to the cloud, users can view their information from anywhere by logging into their online account.

The iHealth Align, priced at $16.95, comes with a lancing device and four protective cases. iHealth test strips are available at a suggested retail price of $12.50 per vial of 50 strips, and can be found at iHealthlabs.com and Walgreens.com.

The companion iHealth Gluco-Smart App is available for free from the Apple App Store for iPhone from Google Play for Android devices.

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