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QS/1 introduces SlateMate tablet

BY Ryan Chavis

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — QS/1, a provider of healthcare automation solutions, announced the introduction of the Motion SlateMate tablet, a wireless device that is available for use with QS/1’s pharmacy management systems and point-of-sale platforms.

The SlateMate is a tablet pc with an integrated magnetic strip reader and a barcode scanner. It can be used to checkout customers, process credit cards and capture signatures. Additionally, it can be used with an optional wireless printer to print receipts. The device may also be used for bedside checkout in the hospital or clinical setting, helping to better service patients while also making sure the necessary signatures and information are collected, the company said.

"The SlateMate puts the power of QS/1’s applications into your hands,” said Charles Garner, QS/1 market analyst. “Among the many features, it allows you to process payments and collect signatures. The SlateMate lets you take QS/1’s products around your store and at the drive-through window with full functionality.”

 

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RediClinic announces partnership with Seton Healthcare

BY Antoinette Alexander

AUSTIN, Texas — Retail clinic operator RediClinic has formed a joint venture with Seton Healthcare Family to expand the number of RediClinics operating in H-E-B stores in the Austin, Texas area.

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Seton because it will enable us to expand our service in the Austin community,” said Web Golinkin, RediClinic’s CEO. “This means at least doubling the number of clinics we operate in Austin and collaborating with Seton to ensure continuity of care for RediClinic patients.”

 “You can’t beat the convenience of RediClinics in H-E-B stores for the treatment of minor illnesses and preventive care,” said family practitioner Greg Sheff, EVP clinical systems at Seton. “As their partner, we can expand access to care and explore innovations in service delivery.”

Seton is collaborating with a variety of providers and payers to develop a clinically integrated network that lowers barriers to illness prevention and treatment. According to a 2013 PwC/HRI survey, 23% of consumers have sought treatment in a retail-based clinic and 73% would go to a retail-based clinic again.

“With walk-in clinics growing in popularity, Seton wanted a partner who shares our emphasis on quality and understands the importance of integration with medical experts,” said Jesús Garza, president and CEO of Seton. “RediClinic is aligned with our strategy to connect a patient to the right care in the right place at the right time.”

RediClinic has operated clinics inside Austin-area H-E-B grocery stores since 2006. The six local clinics provide acute, episodic care for a broad range of common conditions, as well as preventive care that includes medical tests, immunizations, physical exams and a medically supervised weight-management program.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Rite Aid announced on April 10 that it has acquired RediClinic. Through the acquisition, RediClinic will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid.

RediClinic currently operates 30 clinics in the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas.

 

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Stayhealthy installs kiosks across Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s Inc. network

BY Antoinette Alexander

MONROVIA, Calif. — Stayhealthy has announced the completion of its deployment of 765 Stayhealthy HealthCenter Kiosks throughout Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s Inc.

New Albertson’s Inc. operates Jewel-Osco, Acme Markets, Shaw’s and Star Markets. Stayhealthy’s FDA-cleared, self-monitoring HealthCenters provide health screenings free of charge to check blood pressure, heart rate, total body composition (i.e., percent lean mass, percent body fat and hydration index), total body weight/BMI and vision (i.e., color blindness). The HealthCenters also support the uploading of readings taken from personal blood-glucose meters, enabling trending of blood-glucose levels over time and allowing users to share their results with their local pharmacist or physician if they so choose.

Albertsons and NAI customers who register at a HealthCenter with their own unique user ID and password will have the added benefit of tracking and trending their personal screening results over time in their own Stayhealthy electronic Personalized Health and Fitness Record, which is accessible from any Internet-connected computer or mobile device.

“Both Stayhealthy and Albertsons share in the desire to deliver health-and-wellness initiatives aimed at improving the health of individuals between visits with our pharmacists and their regularly scheduled visits with their doctors. This unique and valuable tool will enable our customers to monitor and track their biometric health screening results with much more accuracy and detail than they’re able to do at home,” said Dan Salemi, president of NAI’s pharmacy operations. “Stayhealthy was selected because of their clinical expertise and reputation for delivering high-quality, clinical-grade health solutions and wellness services.”

“Stayhealthy is very pleased to partner with Albertson’s, which has demonstrated their commitment to supporting valuable health improvement programs within their communities,” said Tommy Thompson, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, former governor of Wisconsin, and current chairman of Stayhealthy. “This partnership will provide access to free health monitoring to millions of Americans. This retailer, like many across the nation, are providing citizens with an invaluable service, which will go a long way towards shifting the tide we currently see with rising chronic illnesses across the country.”

“Stayhealthy, like Albertson’s, is committed to providing convenient access to health assessments, which allow individuals to accurately measure, monitor and improve overall wellbeing whether at work, at home or on the run. Albertson’s decision to place HealthCenters in their stores shows their commitment to customer wellness, at a time when access to affordable health care remains a challenge for a large portion of the population,” said John Collins, CEO of Stayhealthy. “The ability for users to record assessments free of charge at their local market and both record assessments and access historical biometric data from any Internet-connected device is a blueprint for the future of health care in this country.”

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