Rite Aid has teamed up with HealthSpot, a provider of health care technology, to open stations inside 25 of the retailer's Ohio pharmacies. Through these HealthSpot stations, shoppers will be able to access health care services.
The new stations will be in stores located in Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Dayton and Springfield.
"The opening of the first HealthSpot inside select Ride Aid pharmacies in Ohio is another step in our transformation into retail healthcare company," said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid exec-VP of pharmacy. "This first-of-its-kind model pairs licensed healthcare providers with state-of-the-art technology to deliver a truly unique solution to consumers looking for convenient and quality healthcare."
HealthSpot allows users to interact with nationally recognized providers in a private, 40 sq. ft. station that uses video conferencing. The kiosk is able to provide interactive medical devices such as a stethoscope, an otoscope, a pulse oximeter and a mangascope. Each station is also supported by a trained wellness attendent, who can help as needed.
The system can treat shoppers ages three and above for minor and common health conditions including cold and flu, rashes, eye conditions, earaches and seasonal allergies. A record of each visit is maintained and the software interfaces with insurance and medical records.
In Ohio, customers will be able to connect with medical professionals from the Cleveland Clinic, Kettering Health Netowork and University Hospitals. Part of HealthSpot's Care Network, clinicians are able to reach local communities and serve more patients, even after hours.
Rite Aid joins the growing trend to incorporate health technology into drugstore chains. For instance, last month CVS (NYSE:CVS) announced the launch of a digital innovation lab in Boston to design cutting-edge digital services for a personalized pharmacy and health experience. Through a partnership with telehealth service provider MDLIVE, Walgreens (NASDAQ:WBA) offers customers a virtual doctor visit, at any time of day, through its mobile application.
-See this Rite Aid press release
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