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Cleveland Clinic, HealthSpot to expand healthcare access via walk-in kiosks

BY Antoinette Alexander

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Clinic and HealthSpot are looking to form a joint venture that will offer patients convenient, alternative options to access health care through HealthSpot’s virtual walk-in kiosks.
 
HealthSpot stations — private, 8-by-5-foot enclosures outfitted with touch screens, integrated medical devices and videoconferencing capabilities — will enable Cleveland Clinic medical providers to see and treat patients in a variety of nontraditional healthcare settings, like universities, employers and retail locations. An on-site accredited medical assistant also supports each station.

 

"Healthcare innovation is essential to make care more accessible to patients. This relationship allows patients to utilize the latest technology to connect to Cleveland Clinic experts in a more convenient way," stated Toby Cosgrove, CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic. "This strengthens our ability to meet the growing needs of patients in everyday settings, delivering higher value for their healthcare dollar."
 
The HealthSpot station’s two-way video screen delivers a face-to-face experience between patients and medical providers. An array of digital medical devices embedded in each unit — stethoscope, scale, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, thermometer, otoscope and dermascope — streams medical information to the provider and patient in real time.
 
Patients can walk up to a station without scheduling an appointment and be treated for minor, common health conditions, including cold and flu, rashes and skin conditions, eye conditions, earaches, sore throat, sinus infections, upper respiratory infections and seasonal allergies. HealthSpot station visits will fully integrate into a patient’s Cleveland Clinic electronic medical record, ensuring seamless communication and continuity of care.
 
"Through the visionary leadership and partnership with a world-class health system like Cleveland Clinic, we have been able to accomplish our goal of extending the local healthcare eco-system out to patients. Together we will be researching the vast amount of new point-of-care technology and developing new ways to integrate that into our solution all while lowering costs and increasing access to quality healthcare for patients," added Steve Cashman, HealthSpot CEO.
 
Last May, Cleveland Clinic launched a one-year pilot of HealthSpot stations in three of its family health centers and received an overall 93% patient satisfaction score.
 
Cleveland Clinic has been offering patients second opinions remotely over the Internet with its MyConsult program since 2002. More recently, the hospital has been piloting a number of technologies in remote monitoring, home health, virtual visits, and other areas of telemedicine.

 

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NACDS Foundation announces 2014-2015 Faculty Scholars Program participants

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation today announced the participants for the 2014-2015 Faculty Scholars Program.

Eight faculty members from pharmacy schools and colleges nationwide have been selected as members of this year’s class to complete the educational program designed in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, under the leadership of Melissa Somma McGivney and Kim Coley.

In its third year, the NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars Program is designed to educate junior faculty at U.S. pharmacy schools and colleges of pharmacy about effective and meaningful community pharmacy-based patient care research.  The program also seeks to connect the faculty scholars with community pharmacy and research experts nationally to add to the diversity of their education.

The professors of pharmacy who have been awarded this year’s distinction are:

  • Allison M. Dering-Anderson, clinical assistant professor, University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy
  • Andrea Fass, assistant professor, Nova Southeastern University
  • Ashley Earley, assistant professor, Harding University College of Pharmacy
  • Kenneth C. Hohmeier, assistant professor, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
  • Mark A. Della Paolera, assistant professor, Pacific University School of Pharmacy
  • Michell Butler, clinical assistant professor, Mercer University College of Pharmacy
  • Nicole D. White, assistant professor, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • Sharon Rush, assistant clinical professor, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.

Each Faculty Scholar will identify a research mentor and small working group at his or her own college or school of pharmacy to foster interactive discussion and peer critique to assist with project development. Each will also receive a research grant to launch a patient-focused research project conducted in a community pharmacy setting.

The year-long program will utilize a variety of teaching methods including web-based lecture content, online discussion forums, regular conference call discussions, individual mentoring and live meetings, including the class’ first in-person meeting in August at the 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo in Boston.
 

 

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Target announces leadership changes in U.S., Canada

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced on Tuesday a number of leadership changes in the United States and Canada designed to further the company’s efforts to drive U.S. traffic and sales, improve its Canadian operations and advance its ongoing digital transformation.

Effective immediately, Tony Fisher, president, Target Canada, will depart the company. Mark Schindele, SVP, merchandising operations, will assume the role of president, Target Canada.

Mark Schindele

In this position, Schindele will report to Kathee Tesija, chief merchandising and supply chain officer, whose responsibilities include Target Canada.

Schindele brings 22 years of retail experience, including 15 years at Target, to the position. During his Target tenure, he has played an integral role in launching new store formats, including PFresh, CityTarget, and Target Express. He has also enhanced Target’s guest insights and analytics capabilities and led multiple business categories and vendor partnerships. In his current role, he leads a global team and provides senior-level oversight to Target’s merchandising operations, including systems, global sourcing, and product development, the company stated.

“We are grateful to Tony for leading Target’s first international launch. One of our key priorities is improving performance in Canada more rapidly and we believe it is important to be aggressive. We have a committed team who is focused on delivering an outstanding shopping experience to our Canadian guests and getting our performance on track,” stated John Mulligan, Target’s interim president and CEO. “Mark’s broad understanding of the retail industry and his record of leading global operations will help accelerate efforts to drive improvements across our Canadian business.”

Schindele will join the Target Canada leadership team, which includes:

  • Janna Adair Potts, SVP, stores and distribution
  • John Butcher, SVP, merchandising
  • Livia Zufferli, VP, marketing
  • Tiffany Monroe, VP, human resources
  • Mark Wong, general counsel

Target will also be naming a non-executive chair in Canada. In this newly created advisory role, the non-executive chair will provide counsel and support to the president of Target Canada to ensure all strategies and tactics align with the Canadian marketplace.

In the United States, Target is elevating three senior merchandising leaders and realigning the team to better leverage functional expertise as the company focuses on driving improved performance.

  • Trish Adams has been promoted to EVP, apparel and home
  • Jose Barra has been promoted to EVP, essentials and hardlines
  • Keri Jones has been promoted to EVP, merchandising planning and operations

“Moving more quickly to bring bold, innovative ideas to the marketplace will help us connect with our guests in more meaningful ways. By realigning the merchandising team we can better leverage our senior-level leaders, be more agile and deliver for our guests with a greater sense of urgency,” stated Tesija.
 

 

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