Interpreta and higi team up to close gaps in care
CHICAGO and SAN DIEGO — Interpreta, an analytics company synchronizes healthcare data and enables population genomics, has teamed up with higi, operator of the largest self-screening health station network in North America, to integrate biometric data from higi with its clinical, claims and genomic data.
Patients will be able to share with their physicians data on blood pressure, pulse, BMI, weight and body composition gained at higi retail stations and prioritized within Interpreta in real time. This will enable physicians and insurers to leverage a patient’s biometrics data, alongside clinical, claims and additional genomic information a person may obtain from genetic testing services. Healthcare payers and providers will be able to jointly create a robust personalized care roadmap, inform care decisions and more effectively close gaps in care with the help of engaged consumers at a retail setting for the first time, according to both companies.
“With higi capturing important consumer health data and Interpreta’s ability to interpret and integrate it with clinical and genomic data in real time, this alliance will be the first of its kind to bring such power to the retail setting,” said Interpreta CEO and co-founder Ahmed Ghouri, MD. “The integration will bring consumers and providers together like never before, giving them access to the same continuously updated healthcare information and non-latent interpretations to make the best choices for care.”
With the growth in wearable devices and health apps, consumers are increasingly looking for greater options to take charge of their health. higi has the largest self-screening health station network with 43 million consumers having used its nearly 11,000 stations at leading food, chain drug, mass merchant and club locations to capture biometrics during routine shopping activity. Consumers can access the information gained at higi stations from its mobile and web app, helping them to measure what matters, giving them the option to share their data with their providers and incentivizing them to transform their health.
“The face of healthcare is changing, consumers are looking for more ways to communicate with their doctors and access important personalized medical information,” said Jeff Bennett, CEO of higi. “By partnering with Interpreta, we are enabling a fundamentally new consumer health experience. Healthcare providers and payers will now have more options to empower consumers and optimize care by identifying risks and intervention opportunities from data collected at our stations in retail settings across the country.”
higi stations can be currently found at select Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Fred’s, H-E-B, Kroger, Meijer, Publix, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Shopko, ShopRite, SuperValu and Wegmans locations.
Kinney Drugs receives PEP Award for political engagement
NACDS vice chairman Mark Panzer (left) presents the Politically Engaged Pharmacy Award to KPH Healthcare Services’ Michael Duteau (right)
Kinney Drugs was honored for its political engagement during the Political Involvement Reception on Saturday.
Michael Duteau, VP of business development and strategic relations of KPH Healthcare Services, Kinney Drugs’ parent company, accepted the 2017 “Politically Engaged Pharmacy Award,” or PEP Award, in recognition of its leadership and participation in the NACDS Political Action Committee.
“Under the leadership of Craig Painter (executive chairman of the board) and the team, Kinney Drugs over many years now has consistently shown that they understand the value of NACDS-PAC and its importance in our advocacy efforts,” said NACDS vice chairman Mark Panzer, SVP of pharmacy, health and wellness for Albertsons, when presenting the award. “The support shown by Kinney Drugs has become automatic, signifying their unwavering commitment.”
Powell weighs foreign threats against political disarray
Retired Gen. Colin Powell
The United States faces no foreign threat — not from North Korea, Russia, China or Iran — greater perhaps than the current state of disarray of its political systems, retired Gen. Colin Powell told attendees of the Business Program at NACDS TSE. Gen. Powell shared thoughts and experiences from his 50-year career in public service, including military and diplomatic posts spanning four presidential administrations and the founding and leadership of the youth-focused America’s Promise Alliance.
“The democratic system simply isn’t working,” Powell said, addressing the ideological polarization of the Democratic and Republican parties. “[Today], we have a Congress who cannot compromise and help solve the problems we have. I’m not sure how the President is going to navigate these waters. One of the things that will help us through these difficult times [is] if we just stop insulting each other.”