DSN/CCA webinar to examine use of big data, analytics in pharmacy, retail clinics and more
Increasingly, insurers and healthcare providers are creating and analyzing giant data sets to support quality improvement, planning, population health management and cost effectiveness. Mobile phones, online shopping, social networks, electronic communication, GPS, and instrumented machinery all produce a mass amount of data as a by-product of their ordinary operations. Everyone is now a walking data generator and the data available are often unstructured simply waiting to be released.
To help key healthcare stakeholders and industry professionals better understand the critical importance of managing big data and harnessing control over an infinite amount of information, Drug Store News and the Convenient Care Association will host an exclusive webinar, “Big Data,” presented by CVS Health VP, enterprise analytics, Bob Darin. Slated for Wednesday, Nov. 11, “Big Data,” is part of the six-part, DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series, which runs through December. Click to register.
“Retail health clinics in traditional retail chain drug stores have become a critical boardroom conversation and a key platform to transform traditional brick and mortar retailers into integrated healthcare providers,” said Wayne Bennett, group publisher of Drug Store News.
“This educational platform is unique because the webinars are specifically designed for healthcare leadership and professionals and showcase the value proposition of the retail health industry,” said Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association.
Moderated by Drug Store News editor Rob Eder, the DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series, kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 3, and includes:
- Integrated health care throughout the store, presented by Web Golinkin, CEO Rite Aid Rediclinic and Health Dialog.
- The role of telehealth in retail health care, presented by Tobias Barker, VP, medical operations, MinuteClinic.
- Partnerships in Population Health, presented by Patrick Carroll, MD, medical director for Walgreens Health Care Clinic.
- Chronic Care and Retail Health, presented by Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, VP, affiliations and patient-centered strategies, The Little Clinic.
- Emerging Payment Models, presented by S. Lawrence Kocot, principal and national leader of the Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight, KPMG.
The DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series runs through December, with archived sessions available for one year at DrugStoreNews.com. For the complete webinar schedule, detailed session descriptions and registration information, click here.
Kmart plans Halloween treats for shoppers
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart announced Tuesday that shoppers in the store on Halloween can expect to get a treat. The company said that shoppers in costume on Oct. 31 will receive a %%-off coupon for a purchase over $30. Additionally, the first 100 children ages 12 and under who show up to trick or treat will receive a fun-size candy bar.
“Halloween is a super fun time of the year for kids and kids at heart,” Kmart chief marketing officer Kelly Cook said. “At Kmart, we love seeing the creativity and energy that goes into costumes and home decorations each year,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. ”We want to remind our members about our amazing selection of costumes to help make this Halloween extra special.”
Target rolls out 8 new sustainability goals
MINNEAPOLIS — Amid a slew of news from Target HQ on Monday, the retailer also announced that, as part of the White House’s Climate Pledge, it would be working toward eight new sustainability commitments. The company has had success so far when it comes to sustainability, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 9% since 2012 and eliminating more than half a million metric tons of carbon dioxide from its buildings.
The commitments are for the company to achieve the following benchmarks by 2020:
- Get 80% of its buildings Energy Star certified, which it says will reduce an amount of greenhouse gas emissions equal to 1,895 passenger vehicles (Currently 75% of its U.S. locations are Energy Star certified.);
- A 10% reduction in energy intensity per square foot, which would reduce energy use by the equivalent of 25,000 homes’;
- Add solar panels to the roofs of 500 stores, which would be an upgrade from the approximately 100 stores with rooftop panels that can generate a third of a building’s energy;
- Expand investment in offsite renewable energy to complement solar panels and reduce emissions;
- Introduce hydrocarbon-free refrigerants at food distribution centers and refrigerated display cases;
- A 10% per square foot reduction in water use across all stores — something the company has been working toward, reducing use by 13.1 percent per square foot since 2009;
- Reuse or recycle 70% of retail waste, which the company is currently working toward by partnering with such programs as Feeding America and encouraging waste sorting to find compostable waste; and
- Grow its Natural Resources Defense Council Clean by Design program, which has seen some Chinese textile mills report an average of 9% water savings and as much as a 22% reduction in energy.