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Point-of-Care Communication Council growing its membership base headed into first PoC3 conference

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Four leading healthcare media and information companies have joined the recently formed Point-of-Care Communication Council as general members, bringing the total to 10 since it was founded in May of this year, the organization announced Friday.  

The new members include ContextMedia, LDM Group, Remedy Health Media and WebMD.

As communication becomes an even more critical part of the healthcare process – particularly with the new Affordable Care Act in place — PoC3 was formed to ensure the effective use of the point-of-care channel to advance health and healthcare outcomes for patients, physicians and all parties involved. The new members join the founding six — AccentHealth, Catalina Health, HealthBridge, Health Media Network, Health Monitor Network and PatientPoint — which collectively impact millions of patients across the country each day. 

“We are encouraged by the strong reception to the mission and goals of PoC3 and our ability to rapidly assemble the leaders in the Point-of-Care space,” stated Dan Stone, CEO, AccentHealth, and co-chair PoC3. “We look forward to continuing to expand our general membership, as well as our affiliate members. This is an exciting time for the industry, and we are fully committed to further engaging all stakeholders in growing the PoC sector.”

Next month, PoC3 will share insights on the latest trends within the Point-of-Care, partnering with DTC Perspectives for the first-ever Point of Care National Conference. Scheduled in Philadelphia Nov. 6 and 7, the conference will offer delegates the opportunity to tap prime case studies, brand-new market research, top media and marketing gurus, as well as networking opportunities.

On Nov. 7, immediately following the POC National Conference, the PoC3 will hold a meeting of its general, associate and affiliate members. This meeting will review the goals and activities of the PoC3 and feature updates from each of the PoC3 working committees.

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We look forward to sharing this event with the industry! For more information on how to register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/the-point-of-care-national/event-summary-68ed247aa8a6433b8a9aba71544d7f03.aspx

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Health Minister Deb Matthews kicks off flu shot season at Shoppers Drug Mart

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot on Thursday from a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization season and encourage others to get the flu shot. This is the second flu season that pharmacists in Ontario have been able to provide the flu shot.

Ontario Health Minister, Deb Matthews, receives her flu shot by Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist, Hitesh Pandya, to launch the annual flu immunization campaign. (CNW Group/Shoppers Drug Mart)

"We are happy to see Minister Matthews’ dedication to keeping Ontarians healthy this flu season," stated Domenic Pilla, CEO and president of Shoppers Drug Mart.  "With more than 600 Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies across the province offering flu vaccinations, it’s more convenient for Ontarians to follow Minister Matthews’ lead and take this important step in protecting themselves and their families from the flu."

"Getting a flu shot is the most reliable way to prevent the flu — that’s why it’s important for families to add the flu shot to their to-do list this flu season," Matthews added. "Pharmacists are trusted healthcare professionals, and now that they can provide the flu shot in Ontario, it’s easier than ever to protect yourself and your family from the flu."

Between 3.4 million and 8.6 million Canadians get the flu each year, and the flu can result in serious consequences for many including seniors, children and those with chronic health conditions. In fact, 2,000 to 8,000 people die annually as a result of complications from the flu, the retailer stated.

 

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Coupons.com taps Safeway executive to be CFO, COO

BY Michael Johnsen

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Coupons.com on Thursday announced the appointment of former Safeway executive Mir Aamir as the company’s CFO and COO. He will oversee all financial and accounting functions.  

The roles are presently managed by Richard Hornstein, the company’s CFO and general counsel. Hornstein will continue in the role of general counsel and chief legal officer, a role he has held for the past two-and-a-half years. Aamir, in addition to the finance functions, will also oversee the company’s operations and the international business.

“For the past 15 years, Coupons.com has worked to bring a digital consumer experience to high-volume retail and CPG industries. Mir also has been a pioneer in this space and is a recognized and well-respected thought leader who brings extensive, highly relevant experience to our business,” stated Steven Boal, Coupons.com CEO. “Not only does Mir have large-scale financial experience, he also has deep expertise in both CPG and high-volume retail. As a thought leader in direct-to-consumer and retail trade promotions, Mir has spent almost two decades understanding consumer shopping behavior and how to effectively engage with shoppers, whether they are at home, on the go or in the store. Mir’s unique combination of experiences will serve our company well.”

Aamir joins Coupons.com from Safeway, where he was president of customer loyalty and digital technologies. Aamir helped found and lead the Just for U platform, Safeway’s digital and mobile platform for loyalty and targeted marketing, reaching more than 6 million registered shoppers to date. Previously at Safeway, he was SVP marketing strategy, financial planning & analysis, pricing and shopper card. Before that, he held the position of group VP, FP&A and strategy, for all of Safeway’s U.S. business units with annual sales exceeding $33 billion.

Prior to Safeway, Aamir was at A.T. Kearney, where he was officer and VP strategy for the management consulting firm’s consumer and retail practice. His clients included top grocery retailers and CPG manufacturers. Prior, Aamir held various positions at Procter & Gamble and Citicorp in Asia.

Aamir holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.B.A/M.B.A. in Finance from the Institute of Business at the University of Karachi.

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