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Apple unveils greater health app functionality with release of iOS 8

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO –Along with Apple’s release of iOS 8 on Monday, the company introduced an entirely new Health app that provides a clear overview of a user’s health and fitness data.

The new Health app gathers the information the user chooses from various health apps and fitness devices, and provides them with a clear and current overview in one place, Apple announced. iOS 8 offers developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other through a new tool for developers called HealthKit. With the user’s permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness.

For example, the Nike+ apps using NikeFuel will be able to pull in other key HealthKit metrics, such as sleep and nutrition, to build a custom user profile and improve athletic performance. Or data from a blood pressure app can be automatically shared with the doctor.

Users will also be able to create an emergency card with important health information — for example blood type or allergies — that’s accessible from the lock screen.

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Rite Aid partners with AFA on offering memory screenings

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK – In an effort to spotlight the importance of early detection of memory problems, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America on Monday announced it is collaborating with Rite Aid to offer free, confidential memory screenings at all Rite Aid stores on June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The screenings will be available during the chain’s monthly wellness65+ Wednesday event, which is designed to help seniors better enjoy their everyday life by proactively managing their health.

Rite Aid pharmacists will administer the paper screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks and last approximately five to 10 minutes. While screening results are not a diagnosis, they can indicate whether someone should follow up with a primary care physician or other healthcare professional for a thorough medical evaluation. Educational materials from AFA about brain health will also be available to customers.

"Rite Aid is providing an invaluable service by offering memory screenings in convenient neighborhood locations," said Charles Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s CEO. "Its participation sends the message that it’s OK for people to talk about memory concerns and to be proactive about brain health."

The collaboration is part of AFA’s new initiative, Community Memory Screening and Awareness-Raising Education. AFA C.A.R.E.S. builds on AFA’s National Memory Screening Day-held annually since 2003-by expanding the availability of free, confidential memory screenings from one designated date to various times throughout the year at community sites across the country.

Rite Aid’s upcoming screening event comes on the heels of the entire chain’s participation in National Memory Screening Day in 2013.

AFA suggests memory screenings for people concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia, whose family and friends have noticed changes in them or who believe they are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness. Screenings also are appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now, but who wants to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.

Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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David Moody, Jr. recipient of the 2014 Nexus Award for Lifetime Achievement

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research, HDMA’s nonprofit research foundation, and Genentech on Tuesday presented the 2014 Nexus Award for Lifetime Achievement to David Moody, Jr., CEO of Mutual Wholesale Drug Co. 

Presented at the HDMA 2014 Business and Leadership Conference in Phoenix, the Nexus Award is the distribution industry’s highest individual honor, recognizing exceptional character, accomplishments and leadership in HDMA, the industry and community. 

“As an independent pharmacist, leader, advocate and educator, Dave has made an indelible mark on his community, the distribution industry and the supply chain,” said Karen Ribler, EVP and COO of the Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research. “We are pleased to recognize his achievements and welcome him into the prestigious Nexus winner’s circle.”

Moody’s career began during high school at Crabtree Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy located in his hometown of Durham, N.C. He continued to work at Crabtree through school at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy. Following his graduation in 1973, Moody became a pharmacist at the store, and later owned the pharmacy from 1981 until 1988.

Joining Mutual Drug in 1988, Moody developed an innovative generics program (C.A.P.S.), which provides affordable medications to independent pharmacies and their customers. He also established a government affairs program, overseeing advocacy efforts for Mutual Drug members on both the state and federal level. 

Beyond Mutual Drug, Moody devotes his time to educating future pharmacists by serving as a preceptor for Appalachian College of Pharmacy, the Campbell University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Medical University of South Carolina and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Moody received the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy Alumni Association. In 2010, he received an honorary Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Moody has been an active member of HDMA, serving two terms as chairman of the association’s board of directors from 2010 to 2012. He also participates on several committees, including HDMA’s Executive and Federal Government Affairs committees.

“Dave truly embodies the spirit of the Nexus Award through his passion for his work and community,” said HDMA president and CEO John Gray. “It has been an honor to work with him, and we are grateful for his contributions to both HDMA and the entire distribution industry.”

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