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AP: Doctor-patient relationship changing with rise of telehealth, retail clinics

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — In a recent article, the Associated Press is looking into the ways that the relationship between patients and their physicians is changing as a result of the proliferation of both telehealth apps and retail clinics.

From doctors’ perspectives, the changing landscape has lead to primary care’s role being pushed aside, as patients find healthcare much more accessible than it was in the past. The article also notes that 450,000 people will use the Internet to see a primary care physician.

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Ahold USA rising star makes ’40 under 40′ list

BY Michael Johnsen

CARLISLE, Pa. – Ahold USA on Thursday announced Nick Bertram, SVP merchandising strategy and support, has been named to The Griffin Report’s 2015 40 under 40 class. 
 
“Nick brings a wide breadth of grocery retail insight and expertise to his work on behalf of Ahold USA,” said James McCann, COO, Ahold USA. “Nick is a true leader who is able to see the big picture, and he also understands the details that are important to our business. He has quickly garnered the support and respect of his colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the company. This recognition is a testament to his significant achievements to date and we expect him to continue to be a catalyst that drives results on our journey from good to great.” 
 
Bertram joined Ahold USA in 2013 as SVP store strategy and execution and was appointed to his current role in 2015. Prior to Ahold USA, Bertram oversaw store operations for Jewel-Osco across Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. In addition, Bertram previously served as SVP for Supervalu and held other store operations positions of progressing responsibility with Walmart in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 
 
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Walgreens VP digital health talks telemedicine

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Telehealth and telemedicine represent a significant opportunity for pharmacists and providers to partner on cutting-edge healthcare models, Adam Pellegrini, Walgreens VP digital health, told HealthWorks Collective as part of a podcast interview posted Wednesday
 
"We hope that telehealth, telemedicine will extend [the] role of the community pharmacist," Pellegrini said. "Our Pharmacy Chat is a prime example of this, we do almost 9,000 to 10,000 chats per week with our [patients] on anything from drug interaction to just questions about their medications."
 
Pellegrini envisions pharmacists pairing with local providers to provide a more comprehensive model of healthcare. 
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