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Team develops app that can diagnose disease through blood imaging

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON — Star Trek's tricorder may be one step closer to reality. The BBC on Tuesday reported that a team has developed an app and small lens add-on that allows blood-cell analysis via a smartphone. 
 
The Athelas app can detect diseases such as malaria and cancers in seconds, through predictive cell counting, according to the team that developed the app.
 
"We've built a low-cost lens attachment to the smartphone camera that images blood at high magnification," the team wrote in describing the app. "The attachment magnifies and focuses on the sample by means of a 1-mm ball lens. Most importantly, we've implemented computer vision to algorithmically count and identify cells in the bloodstream to automatically diagnose diseases and conditions." 
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NYT: Walmart marketing itself as primary care provider

BY Antoinette Alexander

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — With a handful of primary care locations already in operation, Walmart is reportedly making a more aggressive push into medical care by not only planning to open additional clinics but it is also marketing itself as a primary care provider, the New York Times has reported.

Walmart currently has five primary care clinics in South Carolina and Texas, and is opening a sixth location on Friday in Palestine, Texas. Another six locations are slated to open by year-end, the New York Times reported.

With a broader range of services, like chronic disease management, compared with the acute care clinics leased by hospital operators at Walmart stores around the country, the retailer is putting the clinics in more rural areas where physicians can be scarce and where medical care can be quite expensive, according to the New York Times article.

To open the clinics, which are run by nurse practitioners and medical assistants, Walmart has partnered with QuadMed. Each clinic has a supervisory physician who oversees compliance and prescriptions at one or two clinics, the New York Times stated, but the physician does not actually treat patients.
 

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Diplomat president elected to board of the American Foundation of Pharmaceutical Education

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat on Thursday announced that its president, Gary Kadlec, has been elected to the board of directors for the American Foundation of Pharmaceutical Education. Kadlec will serve a three-year term as a board member. 
 
Kadlec is a third-generation pharmacist and is involved with many pharmacy organizations in addition to his work with Diplomat. He is the former president of both the Michigan Pharmacists Association and the American Pharmacists Association. He also has received numerous awards, including the Michigan Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year and the American Pharmacists Association Hugo H. Schaefer Award. 
 
In his current position with Diplomat, Kadlec supports and drives operations, clinical services, information technology, managed care, marketing, new business development and sales. Prior to joining Diplomat's executive team in 2012, Kadlec served as COO, then president and CEO of excellRx, an Omnicare company based in Philadelphia. Kadlec also serves on the board of directors for the Pink Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides breast cancer patients in active treatment with 90 days of financial assistance to cover non-medical expenses.
 
The AFPE was founded in 1942 to advance and support pharmaceutical education in the United States and is the oldest and largest pharmacy foundation. The AFPE provides fellowships, scholarships and grants to assist in furthering the education of students in the pharmaceutical sciences. 
 
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