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SoloHealth Update

This Atlanta-based Company has made progress since its start in 2011. But in March, 2014, they had a difficult change-over in CEO’s combined with a change in HQ location to Johnsons Ferry Road in Atlanta (from Johns Creek).

SoloHealth builds consumer kiosks, and has partnered with Sam’s Clubs, WalMart, Safeway, and Schnuck to install them. They say that their 3500+ kiosks have generated 40 million+ consumer interactions.

They apparently have enjoyed fruitful partnerships with Dell and Wellpoint (Wellpoint invested and Dell provided the kiosks). Chairman Larry Gerdes apparently stepped in and put himself in charge, and asked Founder Bart Foster to step aside and focus on strategy.

Here is what Bart Foster says on LinkedIn:

“I am a passionate entrepreneur focused on driving innovation at the intersection of: Consumer, Health & Retail.

In 2002 I was given the opportunity to do an international assignment with CIBA Vision, the eye care division of Novartis, in the U.K. While living in England I created the idea of a self-service “health screening kiosk” as a way to empower people to take charge of their own health & wellness. In 2006, I was recognized by Novartis as the Entrepreneur of the Year for developing the new venture, which would eventually become SoloHealth. After nearly two years incubating the business with the resources of Novartis, I acquired the IP and founded SoloHealth in October of 2007.

SoloHealth is a healthcare services company which places biometric health kiosks in high traffic retail environments. Since inception we have raised over $50M in capital including a $1.2M grant from the National Institute of Health. We have developed strategic partnerships with some of the largest companies in the world including Walmart, P&G, WellPoint, Johnson & Johnson, RedBox, Pfizer, Safeway, Vons and Sam’s Club. The Company has deployed SoloHealth Stations in over 3,800 locations nationwide and currently engages with more than 4,500,000 people per month. The Company is now focused on utilizing the SoloHealth platform, and national retail network, to help large employers manage the health of their population.

Prior to working at Novartis AG I was the Director of Sales for Peachtree Network, a successful Internet start-up based in Montreal, Canada. While there, the Company had an IPO on the Canadian Venture Exchange. I began my career with Kellogg’s in consumer marketing and sales.

I am a Father, Husband, IRONMAN Triathlete, Florida Gator and active in Young Presidents Organization (YPO). My wife Aly and I have two kids and I enjoy all things outdoors: Hiking, Fishing, Cycling, Skiing.”

This explains the kiosk:
SoloHealth Station

SoloHealth Website

SoloHealth Team

SoloHealth Board

ABC Article on Management Shakeup

Founder speaks and shows kiosks

Local Article with lots of facts

WebMD and Walgreens

So as predicted:

News about WebMD and Walgreens

Pictured: Alex Gourlay (left) and David Schlanger
NEW YORK — WebMD Health and Walgreens on Thursday partnered on an initiative to help improve health and wellness in America by helping and incenting consumers to make healthier choices at home, work and on-the-go. 
In the coming months, the companies will work together to provide WebMD’s virtual wellness-coaching programs directly to Walgreens customers. Walgreens will also incorporate WebMD content on a variety of health topics, co-branded by WebMD and Walgreens, into its digital experience and stores. Additionally, visitors to WebMD will be able to use Walgreens’ prescription refill and clinic appointment scheduling options from within the WebMD site on their desktop or mobile device. 
“WebMD is pleased to be working with Walgreens to make trusted health information and services available to consumers anywhere, anytime so they can make more informed choices and live a healthier life,” stated David Schlanger, CEO WebMD. “WebMD and Walgreens have a shared mission to improve health and wellness by empowering decision-making and motivating positive action. Working together, we will accelerate both companies’ efforts to realize this critical goal.”
“We’re excited to work with WebMD to provide our customers with new health resources,” commented Alex Gourlay, president, customer experience and daily living, Walgreens. “Customers of both companies will benefit from WebMD’s digital engagement tools combined with assistance from Walgreens’ community pharmacists and nurse practitioners to help them adopt healthy lifestyles. As an added benefit, these consumers also can take advantage of the incentives included in Walgreens’ Balance Rewards for healthy choices program.”
Among the features and services Walgreens and WebMD will offer consumers in the coming months are:
• Walgreens will incorporate into its digital experience and stores select WebMD content in various topic areas, including: allergy, healthy eating, skincare, fitness, healthy aging, emotional health, heart health, cold and flu, sleep and oral health. In addition, WebMD will make Walgreens’ online prescription refill and transfer services and Healthcare Clinic appointment scheduling available across WebMD’s desktop and mobile offerings;
• Walgreens will offer its customers access to WebMD’s virtual wellness-coaching programs that help individuals maintain and improve their health through positive lifestyle choices and healthy behavior change. Participants will be able to enroll in programs that help with smoking cessation, weight management, nutrition, exercise, stress management and emotional health, as well as in programs for managing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease; and
• The companies plan to incorporate Walgreens’ Balance Rewards for healthy choices program into the WebMD virtual-wellness coaching programs offered through Walgreens to incent members to participate in health-related activities. Walgreens’ Balance Rewards for healthy choices helps people adopt healthy behaviors by earning Walgreens Balance Rewards loyalty program points through participation in health-related programs and tracking progress toward a goal.

The companies also plan to integrate Walgreens’ Balance Rewards for healthy choices program into WebMD’s Healthy Target mobile health improvement program to provide users the ability to earn Balance Rewards points for engaging in healthy behaviors. Available within WebMD’s mobile app for iPhone, Healthy Target allows individuals looking to develop sustainable health-conscious habits to upload biometric device data from activity trackers, wireless scales and glucometers and to receive tailored, physician-reviewed, contextually relevant content and motivational tips. 

See also: RiteAid Buys Health Dialog

RiteAid and Health Dialog

CVS, Walgreens, and RiteAid all are focussed on well-being and well-being coaching – learning from Boots in there UK. Stay tuned to Walgreens and Boots.

Rite Aid Acquires Health Dialog Services Corporation

Health Dialog to play key role in advancing Rite Aid Health Alliance program. Provides support for Health Dialog to pursue new opportunities to grow its portfolio of clients and services.

CAMP HILL, Pa. (April 1, 2014) – Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) announced today it has acquired Boston-based Health Dialog Services Corporation, a leading provider of health coaching, shared decision making and healthcare analytics from Bupa, a London-based international healthcare services group. Through the acquisition, Health Dialog will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Rite Aid’s acquisition of Health Dialog will also support and advance Rite Aid Health Alliance, a pioneering health management collaboration among various healthcare providers who deliver comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions. Health Dialog has been working closely with Rite Aid over the past year as the program has been developed, and currently provides care coaches for Rite Aid Health Alliance.

“We are extremely pleased to have Health Dialog become a part of the Rite Aid family and believe this strategic acquisition will be mutually beneficial to both companies,” said Rite Aid’s Chairman and CEO John Standley.

“This acquisition will provide Health Dialog with an expanded footprint to grow its existing business as well as further leverage the company’s coaching services’ expertise as we work to bring Rite Aid Health Alliance to more Rite Aid markets and customers. Additionally, we will benefit from Health Dialog’s industry-leading analytics and shared-decision making tools, helping us to better serve the health and wellness needs of our customers and further develop our pharmacy services as a growing retail health care company.”

Through Rite Aid Health Alliance, a first-of-its-kind program in the drugstore industry, patients with chronic and poly-chronic conditions, like congestive heart failure, COPD, high cholesterol and diabetes, are recommended to the program by their primary care physician. Rite Aid pharmacists and specially trained care coaches, located in Rite Aid pharmacies, work with the physician and patient on an on-going basis to improve the patient’s overall health and self-management abilities. The care team members collaborate with the patient to establish health goals, eliminate barriers and create a personalized health care action plan in coordination with the patient’s physician.

Rite Aid Health Alliance is currently offered to patients recommended by their physicians to participate in the pilot program at select Rite Aid pharmacies in Buffalo, N.Y., Greensboro, N.C., and the greater Los Angeles area.

“Rite Aid shares our vision of empowering people and delivering health-supporting behavior change programs, with the goal of improving the well-being of the individuals and communities we serve,” said Health Dialog Services Corporation’s CEO Robert Mandel. “We look forward to this new relationship and to an exciting future for Health Dialog as we work with Rite Aid to expand Rite Aid Health Alliance and pursue new opportunities to grow Health Dialog’s portfolio of clients and services.”

About Health Dialog Services Corporation
Health Dialog Services Corporation is a leading provider of healthcare analytics and decision support. Health Dialog helps health plans, employers and physician groups improve healthcare quality while reducing overall costs. Company offerings include health coaching for medical decisions, chronic conditions, and wellness; population analytic solutions; and consulting services. Health Dialog helps individuals participate in their own healthcare decisions, develop more effective relationships with their physicians, and live longer, healthier, happier lives. For more information, visit www.healthdialog.com.

About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

SoloHealth Kiosks in WalMart

Article says that SoloHealth, Duluth, Georgia, has raised $43 MM from investors and has received a $1.2 MM grant from NIH to help underserved consumers.

SoloHealth and WalMart

“From SoloHealth’s stations, slated to be in 2,500 Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs next month, to video consultations with doctors, to smartphone apps that track blood pressure and heart rate, consumer health technology is attracting big-name backers such as retailer Walmart, health insurers Wellpoint and UnitedHealthcare and companies that make or distribute medical products, such as Johnson & Johnson and Cardinal Health.”

Relates to other moves by WalMart to partner with Kaiser on Care Corner Wellbeing Clinics.


WalMart Moves into Health Care

This blog post was originally from November, 2011. It was updated in 2014.

Looks like WalMart is now responding to ACA, Walgreens and CVS, by introducing their own health care clinic. This article explores the move from a distance:

WalMart Move into Health Care

JCR 2012 Note: this became Kaiser Care Corner

Kaiser Care Corner