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Mizzou Quick Care clinics open in Hy-Vee stores in Columbia, Mo.

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri Health Care and grocer Hy-Vee have officially opened new clinics inside two Hy-Vee stores this week.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, construction of the three Mizzou Quick Care clinics located inside Hy-Vee stores in Columbia, Mo., began back in March.

According to the University of Missouri Health Care Web site, the Conley Road Hy-Vee opened Sept. 8, the Rock Bridge Hy-Vee opened Sept. 9, and the West Broadway Hy-Vee will open Sept. 15.

As reported by Drug Store News, the Mizzou Quick Care clinics will be linked to all MU Health Care providers through the health system's electronic health record, and the providers at Mizzou Quick Care will be able to facilitate access to higher-level care, if necessary.
 

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August sales rise 0.5%, driven by strong back-to-school spending

BY Marianne Wilson

WASHINGTON — August retail sales — excluding automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants — increased 0.5% seasonally adjusted month-to-month and 2.7% unadjusted year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation. When combined with revisions to July, August sales indicate a consistent improvement in consumer confidence and spending.
 
"The rise in consumer confidence, labor markets and retail sales is encouraging,” NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “August sales figures signal that consumers are willing and ready to spend as the economy improves. However, until the pace of income picks up, we should not expect a sustained surge in spending."
 
All retail categories improved over the previous month with the exception of general merchandise stores. Even though year-over-year sales slowed from 4.2 to 2.6%, “by-and-large merchants had a strong finish to the back-to-school season, especially those selling clothing and electronics,” Kleinhenz said.
 
“My overall impression is that the economy is moving in the right direction but that other factors, including rising concerns over the uncertainty in the Middle East, may produce some drag,” he added. “We remain hopeful but cautious.”
 
Additional findings from NRF’s retail sales analysis include:
 
Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers:
•    +1.4% month-to-month
•    +3.3% year-over-year
 
Clothing & clothing accessories stores:
•    +0.3% month-to-month
•    +1.0% year-over-year
 
Electronics & appliance stores:
•    +0.7% month-to-month
•    +0.5% year-over-year
 
Furniture & home furnishing stores:
•    +0.7% month-to-month
•    +0.7% year-over-year
 
General merchandise stores:
•    -0.1% month-to-month
•    +1.8% year-over-year
 
Health & personal care stores:
•    +0.6% month-to-month
•    +6.4% year-over-year
 
Nonstore (online) retailers:
•    +0.1% month-to-month
•    +4.2% year-over-year
 
Sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores:
•    +0.9% month-to-month
•     -4.1% year-over-year
 
 

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ABI Research: 100 million wearable, remote patient-monitoring devices will ship over the next 5 years

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Close to 100 million wearable, remote patient-monitoring devices will ship over the next five years, according to ABI Research, boosted by growing interest and awareness about the benefits of supporting healthcare away from the hospital and into patients’ homes. 
 
A key part of the emerging opportunity is the ability to collect data from a variety of vendor devices and sharing it securely with a range of related parties including patients, healthcare providers and payers. The last six months alone have seen consumer brand giants Apple, Google and Samsung all set out plans to provide RPM services, ABI Research noted.
 
RPM offers the promise of greater care and flexibility for patients while bringing efficiency and cost savings to health service providers. However, adoption has been stymied by a range of factors including device availability, device and service regulation, inertia and a high barrier to entry for new players in the space.
 
“Data has traditionally resided in silos belonging to specific applications delivered primarily by device vendors themselves. New cloud platforms capable of collecting data from a range of vendor devices and sharing it securely with a range of related parties including patients, healthcare providers and payers will drive adoption and bring more connected devices to market,” stated Jonathan Collins, principal analyst at ABI Research.
 
Consumers are playing a role in the adoption of RPM as well. Already aware of activity tracking with wearable wireless devices from players like FitBit and Jawbone, some patients are looking for the same functionality from medical devices. In the continuous glucose monitoring market, devices from Dexcom, Animas, Medtronic and others use wearable wireless technology to provide customers with connected ways to manage their condition as well as track and share details of their experience with their healthcare providers. Wireless connectivity is increasingly embedded in pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, ECG monitors, and a host of emerging devices focused on specific health conditions and body parameters.
 
The latest ABI research report, “The Remote Patient Management Revolution: Wearable Devices and Open Management Platforms”, looks at the key devices, platforms and market drivers and inhibitors in the RPM market as well as forecasts device adoption over the next 5 years. The report is part of ABI research’s mHealth Wearables, Platforms and Services Market Research.
 

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