Minute Clinic opens Walk-in Medical Clinics
Largest provider of retail-based medical clinics in the U.S. namely Minute Clinic has opened its First Walk-in Medical Clinics Inside CVS/pharmacy stores in Dayton and Cincinnati. The company is planning to open three more clinics, two in the Cincinnati area and one in Dayton. These clinics are anticipated to be opened over the next four months with additional locations in both markets likely in 2013.
The clinics will operate seven days a week, including weekday evenings and no appointment is required. MinuteClinics introduced its first medical clinic in Ohio in 2006 and now has 33 walk-in clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton markets.
“MinuteClinic can help alleviate the severe primary care shortage that is expected to worsen over the coming decade in Ohio,” said, Andrew Sussman, MD, President, MinuteClinic and Senior Vice President, associate chief medical officer CVS Caremark Corporation.
Mr. Andrew also said, “We believe MinuteClinic can be part of the solution to help broaden access to high quality convenient and affordable health care services in Southwest Ohio and elsewhere in the state.”
The clinics are staffed by MinuteClinic nurse practitioners who specialize in family healthcare and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses.
The MinuteClinic practioners make use of a software program that at the end of each visit generates an invoice, educational material, prescription for the patient and also the diagnostic record that can be sent through electronic health record, fax or mail to a primary care provider with permission of the patient.
The MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in Cincinnati and Dayton operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”