Stayhealthy installs kiosks across Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s Inc. network
MONROVIA, Calif. — Stayhealthy has announced the completion of its deployment of 765 Stayhealthy HealthCenter Kiosks throughout Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s Inc.
New Albertson’s Inc. operates Jewel-Osco, Acme Markets, Shaw’s and Star Markets. Stayhealthy’s FDA-cleared, self-monitoring HealthCenters provide health screenings free of charge to check blood pressure, heart rate, total body composition (i.e., percent lean mass, percent body fat and hydration index), total body weight/BMI and vision (i.e., color blindness). The HealthCenters also support the uploading of readings taken from personal blood-glucose meters, enabling trending of blood-glucose levels over time and allowing users to share their results with their local pharmacist or physician if they so choose.
Albertsons and NAI customers who register at a HealthCenter with their own unique user ID and password will have the added benefit of tracking and trending their personal screening results over time in their own Stayhealthy electronic Personalized Health and Fitness Record, which is accessible from any Internet-connected computer or mobile device.
“Both Stayhealthy and Albertsons share in the desire to deliver health-and-wellness initiatives aimed at improving the health of individuals between visits with our pharmacists and their regularly scheduled visits with their doctors. This unique and valuable tool will enable our customers to monitor and track their biometric health screening results with much more accuracy and detail than they’re able to do at home,” said Dan Salemi, president of NAI’s pharmacy operations. “Stayhealthy was selected because of their clinical expertise and reputation for delivering high-quality, clinical-grade health solutions and wellness services.”
“Stayhealthy is very pleased to partner with Albertson’s, which has demonstrated their commitment to supporting valuable health improvement programs within their communities,” said Tommy Thompson, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, former governor of Wisconsin, and current chairman of Stayhealthy. “This partnership will provide access to free health monitoring to millions of Americans. This retailer, like many across the nation, are providing citizens with an invaluable service, which will go a long way towards shifting the tide we currently see with rising chronic illnesses across the country.”
“Stayhealthy, like Albertson’s, is committed to providing convenient access to health assessments, which allow individuals to accurately measure, monitor and improve overall wellbeing whether at work, at home or on the run. Albertson’s decision to place HealthCenters in their stores shows their commitment to customer wellness, at a time when access to affordable health care remains a challenge for a large portion of the population,” said John Collins, CEO of Stayhealthy. “The ability for users to record assessments free of charge at their local market and both record assessments and access historical biometric data from any Internet-connected device is a blueprint for the future of health care in this country.”
ShopRite to open pharmacy in Doylestown Hospital
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — ShopRite is planning to open a pharmacy inside the Doylestown Hospital on June 1, marking its first location inside a medical facility.
“We are looking forward to working with the hospital to make access to medications and medical supplies convenient for all patients,” said Joe Cowhey, president of the Cowhey Family Supermarket, a family business that owns and operates the ShopRite of Warminster.
In addition to filling prescriptions, the pharmacy also will offer OTC medications. Patients treated in the medical office next to the hospital also can have their prescriptions filled before they leave the hospital grounds.
NRF announces information-sharing platform for cybersecurity threats
WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation has announced that it is moving forward with the creation of a program that will provide retailers access to information on cybersecurity threats identified by retailers, government and law enforcement agencies, as well as partners in the financial services sector.
The program, developed in consultation with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, will launch with the establishment of an information-sharing platform for retail industry information security specialists, and plans call for a retail ISAC to be established in June.
“We believe a heightened and well-coordinated information-sharing platform, such as a retail ISAC, is a vital component for helping retailers in their fight against cyber attacks,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “Establishing a new program takes time, but time is not our friend when it comes to stopping these sophisticated and unpredictable criminals. The willingness of the FS-ISAC to work with retailers provides our industry with a new and important tool as we explore all of the options available for merchants to protect their customers and their businesses.”
Responding to the NRF announcement, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) stated, “Establishing a Retail and Merchant ISAC will allow the industry to better share information that could help prevent the types of widespread consumer data thefts we now are seeing. I am pleased to see FS-ISAC collaborating with retailers to establish a tool for real-time sharing of information and best practices around the serious and growing threat of hacking, cyber and identity theft.”
In early February of this year, Sen.s Warner and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) called for the establishment of a Retail and Merchant Industry ISAC in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission.
Cy Fenton, SVP information technology at Books-A-Million, said, “As an industry, it is critically important that we continue to work together and identify problems while providing solutions that prevent criminal hacking and the resulting data breaches. The safety and security of our customers unites retailers large and small, and information sharing is one of several important steps we are taking in order to achieve this mission critical goal.”
Fenton is chairman of the IT Security Council, a sub-committee of the NRF CIO Council, composed of CIOs and other technology experts from more than 120 retailers and industry partners. The group has been meeting regularly to discuss existing cybersecurity programs, as well as exploring new opportunities for retailers.
Recently, representatives from NRF held in-depth discussions with the U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies for insight and guidance on how to improve communication, identify available resources and collaborate more effectively to help retailers combat criminal cyber activity.
NRF also has retained the services of Kim Peretti, a partner in the law offices of Alston and Bird. Peretti is part of the firm’s white collar crime group and co-chairs the security incident management and response team. She also is a former director of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ cyber forensic investigation unit and a former senior litigator for the Department of Justice’s computer cime and intellectual property section.
As announced in January, the NRF is working closely with the cybersecurity professionals from the Chertoff Group, providing NRF members with the highest level of insight and guidance in risk management and cybersecurity expertise.