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2014 Scattergood Design Challenge seeks ways to integrate mental health care into retail clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Recognizing the vital role that retail-based health clinics play in today’s healthcare system, the Scattergood Foundation is exploring the most effective way to integrate mental health care into retail clinics through its 2014 Design Challenge.

“By integrating mental health care with existing physical health care in a retail clinic, we are addressing the health and wellness of the whole person, mind and body. A study from the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concluded chronic conditions, such as hypertension and asthma, are more likely to occur with a mental health condition and that the average number of impaired days per month for chronic diseases increases with a mental health condition,” the Foundation stated.

The Scattergood Foundation awards targeted grants to address critical behavioral health needs in innovative ways.

The winning solution will be considered for implementation at QCare, the first retail clinic in North Philadelphia. QCare is operated by Family Practice and Counseling Network.

Submissions are accepted until March 2 and all interventions submitted must have the potential to be implemented by May 14.
 

 

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Report: Target says breach at vendor led to data theft

BY Dan Berthiaume

MINNEAPOLIS — Target reportedly said a data breach at an unidentified vendor led to hackers obtaining phony credentials that allowed them to gain access to Target’s systems and steal the information for 40 million credit and debit cards, as well as the personal data of about 70 million consumers. According to the Associated Press, Target did not offer any specific details on who the vendor was or how hackers obtained the credentials.

A Target spokesperson did say the retailer has taken steps to help make data breaches more difficult in the future, such as restricting or updating outside access to some of its platforms.

 

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Walgreens discusses digital transformation at recent I Heart APIs conference

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apigee recently hosted Tim McCauley, Walgreens’ senior director of mobile commerce, and Joe Rago, a senior product manager at Walgreens, to discuss Walgreens’ digital transformation and API strategy during the organization’s I Heart APIs conference.

Apigee made the video of the presentation available in a blog on Wednesday. 

"McCauley details how so many efforts underway in Walgreens’ brick-and-mortar stores, including opening up store layouts, focusing on pharmacy, photo and ‘round-the-clock’ service, and going to where their customers are, parallel the work the company has done with its APIs," wrote Apigee blogger Olaf de Senerpont Domis. "Rago, who leads Walgreens’ API efforts, discusses the two flagship open API programs — the QuickPrints and scan-to-refill prescription APIs—and emphasizes the importance of communicating their features and capabilities to third-party developers." 

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