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Take Care introduces in-store clinics to the Cleveland area

BY Antoinette Alexander

CLEVELAND Take Care Health Systems, an in-store clinic operator owned by Walgreens, has launched in the Cleveland area with a clinic in Mentor and two more sites opening in Cuyahoga Falls and Akron by the end of the year. Additional clinics are planned for the Cleveland area in 2008.

“We are excited to bring our model of patient-focused health care to residents of Cleveland,” stated Lynn Scarbrough, a Take Care Health Systems regional nurse practitioner who oversees the Cleveland market. “Take Care Health clinics offer care from experienced nurse practitioners who understand their local communities and are committed to increasing access to high-quality, affordable care and enhancing the experience at our clinics.”

Take Care Health Systems currently operates 119 clinics in Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, Tenn., Orlando, Fla., Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa, Fla., and Tucson, Ariz. More than 400 clinics are expected to be in operation by the end of 2008.

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LG debuts home health-monitoring in a cell phone

BY Drew Buono

CALGARY, Canada The Home Health Monitoring Solution is a new handheld device developed by LG Electronics allows patients with chronic illnesses to send such information as their pulse, blood pressure and glucose levels to their physician wirelessly, according to published reports.

The goal is eventually to add the technology to cellphones, the same way photography and music capabilities have been added. The product is designed to help patients with illnesses that need constant monitoring. It could also be useful for seniors with limited mobility and for patients who live in rural areas. By constantly keeping track of someone’s medical data it would provide a greater help to the patient and physician monitoring the illness.

The first stage of tests for the three-year project will begin next month. It will involve monitoring blood pressure, pulse and temperature. Down the road, glucose levels and other blood chemistry markers will be added as features.

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Senate votes to extend current SCHIP legislation through March 2009

BY Drew Buono

WASHINGTON The Senate on Tuesday approved a bill unanimously that will extend the State Children’s Health Insurance Program through March 2009, according to reports. The House of Representatives plans to look at the issue before the end of the year.

This extension will end a battle for now with President Bush, who had twice vetoed the bill, including the most recent veto last week. Bush vetoed the program the second time because he felt the second version was too similar to the first and would cost too much money as well as shift children from the private marketplace to government run programs.

The bill also would stop a scheduled 10 percent pay cut for Medicare doctors for six months and provide a 0.5 percent increase instead. The health legislation costs about $6 billion, but was paid for by savings in other health programs.

The program currently covers about 6.6 million poor children.

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