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Dossia, Google team with Continua in growing Web healthcare information resources

BY Michael Johnsen

PORTLAND, Ore. Continua Health Alliance on Tuesday announced the addition of new members Dossia, a non-profit consortium focused on empowering consumers with personally-controlled health records, and Google, a search and information management companies that has created a healthcare online destination.

Since its launch in 2006, Continua has grown to include 170 of the world’s most successful technology companies, medical and fitness device manufacturers, and healthcare organizations working across three key markets: chronic disease management, independent aging and proactive health and wellness.

“Consumers are ready to adopt healthcare technology, such as personally-controlled health records and home health monitoring devices,” stated Colin Evans, Dossia president and chief executive officer. “Individuals with a more complete picture of their health have the opportunity to make smarter, more informed health decisions, to stay healthier and help lower out-of-control costs. Dossia is looking forward to working with Continua and its members to create open healthcare solutions.”

“Google ardently supports the concepts of interoperability, data portability, and open standards, so it was a natural fit for us to join the Continua Alliance,” added Jerry Lin, product manager for Google Health. “Our work with Continua will help us continue to develop integration with various home monitoring devices to ensure that data can be uploaded from these devices and securely stored in Google Health.”

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Vitamin Barn begins distribution of ImmuGo immune-system supporting supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

MALIBU, Calif. The Vitamin Barn, a vitamin/juice bar, last month began distribution of its ImmuGo immune-system boosting dietary supplement. According to the company, the formulation already enjoys popularity among a host of Hollywood celebrities who frequent owner “Vitamin Gene” Arnold’s Vitamin Barn.

The product is currently available in Wal-Mart, CVS and Rite Aid. 

“I could not be more excited about the national rollout of ImmuGo and my celebrity clientele is thrilled that this is now available to everyone,” Arnold said. “[ImmuGo] is my original wellness shot made even better.”

ImmuGo has recently been named the Official Immune Support Product of the Hollywood Movie Awards and of the Hollywood Film Festival, Arnold reported.

ImmuGo features an easy-to-use, unit dose delivery system–called MaxShot. Each single-dose, 3 mL vial delivers a ready-to-drink, orange-flavored blend of vitamins and nutrients.

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Absorbine Jr. taps Raczkowski for president

BY Michael Johnsen

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. W. F. Young, marketers of Absorbine Jr., last week named Adam Raczkowski to the post of president. Raczkowski will become only the third president to serve over the company’s 116 year history who is a non-family member, the company stated. Tyler Young, former president and chief executive officer, will continue in the role of chief executive officer of the family business.

“Adam’s professionalism and entrepreneurial drive will push W. F. Young, Inc. to the next level,” Young said.  “Adam and I have worked closely over the past years and his management has been a key element of our success. I feel strongly that his leadership and ability to think strategically are exactly what are needed to continue the growth of the company.” 

Raczkowski joined W. F. Young in 1992 and has worked in many areas of the company, including finance, operations, sales and marketing. Prior to joining W. F. Young, Inc., he was with GTE, Gillette, Morse Shoe, Inc. and Allied Printing Company.

Raczkowski is a member of the W. F. Young board and serves on the executive committee of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. He also serves on the board of the Springfield Homeless Employment and Training Committee and is the treasurer of the East Longmeadow Educational Endowment Fund and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, working hands-on at local building sites.

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