Patient Check-in : Clinics in stores, cash-only doctors shake up pricing

The rising cost of health-care, along with higher insurance deductibles and co-pays, is fueling changes in the way medical services are being delivered. Retailers, such as grocery and drugstore chains, who have for years offered in-store


In addition to Kroger, retail giants such as Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens have opened clinics in stores, but none are currently operating in Toledo. 

According to the Convenient Care Association, a national trade group, the number of retail clinics has grown rapidly in the United States since 2010.

The group projects that by 2016 the number of retail clinics will grow to approximately 3,000 from about 1,900 today .


Frank Mayer rolls out interactive gaming kiosks – Digital Signage Today

Frank Mayer and Associates Inc. have partnered with game developer Creative Kingdoms to create interactive gaming kiosks for children.


“Working with Frank Mayer and Associates Inc. has really helped us to take our game play to the next level,” Creative Kingdoms Senior Vice President Melissa Blettner said in the release. “With the combination of virtual environments on the interactive kiosks and our physical effects, our games have become a more immersive and engaging experience. The streamlined design and production of the kiosks has allowed us to expedite our installation process with easy plug and play setup.”

Kiosk fills prescriptions 24/7

Prescriptions can now be filled in Orillia 24 hours a day, seven days a week, thanks to a new service offered at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH).


Procuring a MedCenter system would run an organization about $75,000 to start, with about $25,000 in costs annually, on top of medication. But those costs will not be borne by the hospital in this case thanks to the partnership with MedAvail and NuVision. MedAvail owns and operates the kiosk, while NuVision operates the pharmacy dispensing the medications.

In exchange for free use of the space occupied by the kiosk, OSMH will receive a portion of the profits. The hospital estimates the MedCenter could bring in up to $50,000 annually in net revenue through the partnership.

Campbell believes the kiosk could be as financially lucrative as a traditional pharmacy, if one were in the hospital.

“It takes up a lot less space than a regular pharmacy and certainly, in terms of access to professional expertise, 24/7, it brings some big advantages that don’t impact our core staff,” she said.

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