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The Little Clinic to leverage VisualDx to enhance patient care

BY Antoinette Alexander

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Little Clinic, which operates 114 retail-based health clinics in seven states, has selected VisualDx, a mobile app and online resource used by doctors to diagnose and treat disease, to enhance the care its staff provides to patients, VisualDx maker Logical Images announced.

The Little Clinic, which is a subsidiary of Kroger, has clinics inside Kroger stores in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado, Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona and JayC in Indiana.

“VisualDx is an invaluable tool that will enhance the high quality, affordable care the Little Clinic provides to patients near where they live, work and shop,” stated Kenneth Patric, the Little Clinic chief medical officer. “We see many types of rashes and VisualDx will strengthen the healthcare professional’s ability to correctly diagnose and treat these rashes, as well as help ensure the accurate diagnoses of many more minor medical conditions.”

“We are proud to have the Little Clinic join the more than 1,500 hospitals and clinics around the country and more than half the nation’s medical schools that rely on VisualDx for its scientifically proven diagnostic accuracy,” added Art Papier, Logical Images CEO. “With VisualDx, the Little Clinic healthcare professionals will be able to quickly and accurately diagnose disease and determine the best possible treatments for their patients.”
 
VisualDx is available as an e-record integrated resource and a mobile app that works with the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. It provides immediate access to diagnostic information in critical areas of medicine, including all aspects of dermatology, fevers, rashes, ophthalmology, infectious disease, chemical events, STDs, travel medicine, child abuse recognition and more.
 
It is the only diagnostic clinical decision support system seamlessly integrated with UpToDate, a clinical decision support resource, which the Little Clinic had prior to purchasing VisualDx. With VisualDx added to its existing UpToDate system, the Little Clinic staff will be able to search patient findings to build a visual differential diagnosis.
 
With VisualDx, the Little Clinic healthcare professionals can enter a patient’s symptoms and link information from the electronic medical record, such as medical history and other information, into VisualDx.
 
Based on the information entered, VisualDx will deliver a specific list of potential diagnoses, a series of medical images against which to match the patient’s current conditions and the recommended treatments. VisualDx users can then work through the list to arrive at the best diagnosis, explain the process to the patient and decide on the right treatment for each patient.
 

 

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Report: CVS, Dollar General and Walgreens each approached to bid on Fred’s

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Fred’s Super Dollar has visited CVS Caremark, Dollar General and Walgreens seeking bids for its Southeastern chain of discount stores, according to a report published Friday by Bloomberg News

Buyout firms including Miami-based H.I.G. Capital also were contacted, the report added.

Shares of Fred’s were up more than $1.50 to $19.60 in mid-afternoon trading. With 36.8 million shares outstanding, that places Fred’s market value at a little over $720 million. 

Citing estimates from MKM Partners and FBR, Fred’s could sell for as high as $24 per share, or $883 million, Bloomberg reported. 

 

 

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Nielsen study: Companies failing to meet needs of aging Americans

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Companies are missing the mark when it comes to engaging and catering to the needs of the aging consumer. That’s according to a new study by Nielsen.

“The findings serve as a wake-up call to manufacturers, retailers and other marketers that need to bolster efforts to better reach and cater to an aging demographic. Improvements, such as using larger fonts on product labels and signage, arranging age-related products in one place and at arm’s length for easier accessibility, and offering friendly customer service, can go a long way in building loyal patronage,” said Todd Hale, SVP consumer and shopper insights at Nielsen.

The study also found that there are generational differences in attitudes towards aging and their fears around getting older — younger consumers fear the loss of mobility and agility, while older consumers fear the loss of financial comfort and worry about how they will fund their retirement.  

Additional highlights from the study include:

  • 38% of Americans say they don’t see advertising that reflects older consumers

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  • 44% say it’s difficult to find product labels that are easy to read;


  • 43% can’t find easy-to-open packaging;


  • 34% say they can’t find smaller portion-sized food packaging

;
  • 31% say products are not clearly labeled with nutritional information;
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25% can’t find products geared towards their special nutritional needs;
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60% of Americans don’t feel that they were financially set for retirement; 


  • 53% fear losing their self-reliance, such as the ability to drive, cook and shop

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  • 57% fear having enough money to live comfortably, and an equal number fear losing their mental and physical agility.

 

 

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