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Telehealth is one to watch in 2014

BY Antoinette Alexander

CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic is testing telehealth at more than two-dozen sites in California and is looking to expand the pilot to a second state.

The pilot program not only further illustrates CVS Caremark’s goal of creating a national platform to support primary care but it also speaks to larger trend playing out within the country’s healthcare landscape — telehealth.

Telehealth is going to be hot this year as it has a multiplier factor for clinics — one provider in a clinic can cover several clinics to further expand access to healthcare.

Now, an influential group of former Senators wants to know more about what telehealth can do to improve access and lower costs. And like, most areas of healthcare, there is a strong possibility that states will want to define their own rules. In fact, some lawmakers in Florida are looking into ways to ease regulatory limitations for telemedicine in an effort to increase access to care and create “a fertile ground” for the technology to be used.

The reality is that telehealth is fast becoming an integral component in the delivery of American healthcare and it will be one to watch in 2014.
 

 

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B.Louderback says:
Mar-31-2014 06:55 pm

WE IMPLEMENTED A TELEMEDICINE CLINIC ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO, THE DATA IS STAGGERING; NOT ONLY SAVES THE PATIENT TIME AND MONEY,BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, ENHANCES BOTH THEIR CARE AND PATIENT/PHARMACIST RELATIONSHIP. WE HAVE DUSTED OFF THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT SKILLS OUR PHARMACISTS ACQUIRED WHILE ATTAINING A PHARM D, REDEFINED AND EXPANDED THE ROLE THEY PLAY IN OUR CARE SETTING. THIS BUSINESS IS STILL ALL ABOUT THE TRUST AND RELATIONSHIP!

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Yankee Candle adds to Relaxing Rituals line

BY Ryan Chavis

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — The Yankee Candle Co. announced the addition of a new fragrance blend to its Relaxing Rituals line. The fifth scent, which the company named Uplift, was created with a blend of grapefruit, lemon and ginger.

"Establishing a routine to take time for you is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle," said Hope Margala Klein, EVP, brand, design and innovation for Yankee. "Our new Uplift fragrance allows customers to start the season off feeling refreshed and invigorated."  

The fragrances in the Relaxing Rituals line are available in two candle forms as well as in a reed diffuser and a warming oil kit. The collection is available now at more than 500 Yankee Candle retail stores, YankeeCandle.com and in select specialty retailers.

 

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Swiffer debuts new cleaning tool

BY Ryan Chavis

CINCINNATI — Jewel, an acclaimed singer and songwriter, joined Swiffer on Thursday to celebrate the debut of the new Swiffer Sweep and Trap, which features soft rotating beater blades that are designed to scoop up large particles into a removable dirt bin for quick disposal.

The singer-songwriter led the debut — which took place in New York at the kid-oriented venue Make Meaning — with a live performance of the new "Clean-Up Song." Her acoustic performance is available for free download on the Swiffer Facebook page at Facebook.com/Swiffer.    

“As an artist, I love teaching my son through hands-on experiences, which often means making messes,”Jewel said. “So, when it comes time to clean up, I look for tools like the Sweep and Trap that make it efficient and easy, leaving me with more time and energy to play with my son. In our home, we often sing while we clean up, so I’m excited to unveil my own version of the classic family clean-up tune to celebrate this launch with Swiffer.”

The Swiffer Sweep and Trap starter kit is available for $19.99 at mass merchandise outlets, grocery stores, home improvement stores and e-retail websites throughout the United States.

 

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