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Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists honors Southern Illinois University pharmacy professor

BY Alaric DeArment

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists will recognize an Illinois pharmacy professor with a professional award.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville said Monday that Scott Bergman would receive the ICHP’s New Practitioner Leadership Award, saying the award recognized his professionalism, leadership and innovation.

"This award provides well-deserved recognition for Scott’s efforts with ICHP, as well as his efforts to increase local pharmacist participation in this state organization," SIUE pharmacy professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmacy Practice Mark Ruscin said. "It is critically important for the profession and for the School of Pharmacy to have faculty members like Scott develop as leaders within professional organizations."

Bergman began working for the school in 2006. He has developed a clinical practice in collaboration with infectious disease physicians at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfiled as well, and has provided patient care at hospitals and an international travel clinic. Last year, he helped develop a postgraduate training program in infectious diseases pharmacy.

At ICHP, he has worked with the organization’s office to develop monthly continuing education programs for local pharmacists and received the group’s Excellence in Innovation award last year.


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SoloHealth launches Obamacare awareness campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

ATLANTA — Kiosk maker SoloHealth will promote the new Health Insurance Marketplace and the website HealthCare.gov under an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, the company said Monday.

The company began running educational content last week across its network of more than 3,200 SoloHealth Station digital kiosks at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Safeway stores. The kiosks average more than 130,000 users per day, who spend about 4 and a half minutes per session for a total so far of more than 30 million sessions.

"Champion organizations like SoloHealth are already serving people and are a trusted source of information in communities across the country," Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director of communications Julie Bataille said. "These organizations are natural places for people to learn about the marketplace, and we want to make sure that they have access to the tools and information to respond to people who want to sign up and enroll for coverage on Oct. 1."

SoloHealth CEO Bart Foster echoed Bataille’s sentiments.

"We are excited to partner with HHS and help share informative and valuable information about the upcoming Healthcare Insurance Marketplace so consumers understand their options and can take action," Foster said. "Our SoloHealth Stations are a prime vehicle to reach and engage with consumers when health is top-of-mind, with millions of consumers spending an average of 4.5 minutes with the station each visit. We are connecting daily with the target audience at high-traffic retail locations where they are frequenting and getting high engagement results."


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Study: Gen Y still enjoys in-store shopping

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Good news for brick-and-mortar retailers. Generation Y may turn to the Web for researching products, comparing prices and responding to flash sales, but they still love in-store purchasing. The catch: Keep the shopping experience exciting.

“Generation Y thoroughly enjoys shopping and frequently visits most types of centers. However, the challenging corollary is that 18- to 35-year-olds are bored easily, so they’re on the lookout for new excitement — online, in brick-and-mortar setting and in restaurants. Sensory aspects of retail facilities need to evolve constantly in order to retain young shoppers’ patronage,” researchers stated in the study, “Generation Y: Shopping and Entertainment in the Digital Age,” which was commissioned by the Urban Land Institute.

In January, ULI and Lachman Associates conducted the online survey among 1,251 Gen-Yers to gauge their retail, dining and entertainment preferences.

The survey found that more than half of all Gen-Yers go at least one a month to the following retail formats:

  • Discount department stores (91%);
  • Neighborhood and community shopping centers (74%);
  • Enclosed malls (64%);
  • Full-line department stores (64%);
  • Big-box power centers (63%);
  • Chain apparel stores (58%); and
  • Neighborhood business districts (54%).

Gen-Yers are turning to the Web to research products, compare prices, envision how clothing or accessories would look on them, or responding to flash sales or coupon offers. Yet, when it comes to actual purchasing, stores still dominate. Gen-Yers are multichannel shoppers but the most popular store types among this group are discount department stores and warehouse clubs.

It is important to note, though, that 91% of Gen Y shoppers made online purchases over the previous six months, and 45% spend more than an hour per day looking at retail-oriented websites, the study found.

When it comes to cosmetics and personal care products, the study found that 77% of Gen-Yers shop in stores.


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