Price Chopper to offer access to board certified doctors for the treatment of non-emergency medical issues

In-store Health Stations now offer access to board certified doctors for the treatment of non-emergency medical issues

SCHENECTADY, NY, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marking an advancement in public access to healthcare, five of Price Chopper’s 20 freestanding health stations will be testing a new telemedicine program that allows customers to get a live, private consultation via videoconference with a board certified physician who can help diagnose and treat minor illnesses. The five pilot stores are in Johnstown, NY (North Comrie Ave.), Poughkeepsie, NY (2585 South Road), Bennington, VT (214 Northside Drive), Glenmont, NY (329 Glenmont Road) and Fulton, NY (12 W First Street, South).

Working in partnership with CSI (Computerized Screening, Inc.), which provides the in-store Health Stations for Price Chopper and Market 32, and now Doctor On Demand, the leading video telemedicine provider, customers will now have immediate access to board certified physicians 24/7. Doctor On Demand physicians are able to diagnose, advise, treat symptoms and prescribe medications for a wide range of common non-emergency medical issues including cold, flu and respiratory symptoms, sinus infections, pink-eye, and skin and rash issues.

“This enhancement provides our customers with immediate access to a qualified physician within the comfort and convenience of our pharmacy and health and wellness offerings. If this technology meets the needs of the modern customer as national trends have indicated it might, then we’ll extend similar access to our other health stations in the future,” said Kathy Bryant, vice president of pharmacy for The Golub Corporation. “We’re always looking for progressive ways to broaden our spectrum of goods and professional services in making health care more accessible to our customers.”

“Doctor On Demand is excited to partner with Price Chopper and CSI to offer immediate access to our service,” said Adam Jackson, co-founder and CEO of Doctor On Demand. “We started Doctor On Demand to provide the most convenient access to some of the best physicians in the country. Through this partnership, we can now help even more Americans get the care they need, when they need it.”

The cost for the service will be $40 or less for a 15 minute consultation. Doctor On Demand has partnered with many insurance providers, so your plan may cover all or a portion of your visit. Following each video visit, patients will be provided a summary of the visit as part of an effort to facilitate follow-up and provide continuity of care with their primary physician. As part of an initiative to promote access to affordable health care, Doctor on Demand is extending a first visit free offer through April 14, 2016.

Telemedicine is one of the fastest growing areas of health care. By 2018, the number of patients using telemedicine globally will increase to 7 million, up from less than 350,000 in 2013. A recent study found that almost 75% of all doctor, urgent care, and ER visits are either unnecessary or could be handled safely and effectively over the phone or video (Sources: IHS, Inc., American Medical Association and Wellness Council of America).

Customers shopping at the chain’s new Market 32 locations will have another innovative opportunity to get their blood pressure measured through PharmaSmart kiosk. This kiosk can measure a patient’s blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). Patient data can be displayed on the screen, a printed ticket or saved to a patient’s personalized and secure online blood pressure tracker. This kiosk does not offer telemedicine services. Market 32 pharmacists may be consulted for more information about this program.

“We believe that our customers are ready to test out this new technology, which improves the efficiency and availability of health care. As a retailer committed to helping people feed and care for themselves and their families, we’re pleased to be able to make it available in our stores,” said Bryant.


About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit


Mona Golub
Price Chopper

Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications

CVS Health to work with 3 telehealth companies to improve patient care

Company will work with American Well, Doctor On Demand and Teladoc to improve access to patient care through telehealth

Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) today announced that it is working with three proven telehealth companies – American Well, Doctor On Demand and Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) – to explore how direct-to-consumer telehealth providers, retail pharmacy and retail clinic providers can collaborate to improve patient care.  This represents an expansion of CVS Health’s existing telehealth approach.

“During our initial phase of exploration of telehealth in our store-based clinics, we learned that we could deliver excellent quality care and that patients were extremely satisfied with the care provided,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., executive vice president/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health and president, MinuteClinic.  MinuteClinic data recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicineshowed that overall, 95 percent of patients were highly satisfied with the quality of care they received, the ease with which telehealth technology was integrated into the visit, and the timeliness and convenience of their care.

“As we examine additional ways to utilize telehealth to improve and expand patient care, we have the opportunity to partner with telehealth organizations in the care of patients at home,” Sussman added. “In doing so, CVS Health will add value for patients, clients and health plans by improving access to low-cost quality care.”

CVS Health is piloting several different telehealth opportunities, including making telehealth physician care accessible through CVS Health digital properties.  CVS Health will also explore enabling MinuteClinic providers to consult with telehealth physicians to expand the scope of care offered at MinuteClinic.  In addition, MinuteClinic will continue to provide telehealth care to patients in CVS retail stores and will explore serving as a site for in-person exams to facilitate telehealth medical visits.

“With the increased demand for patient care anticipated in future years as a result of the expansion of coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the primary care physician shortage, aging of the population and epidemic of chronic disease, telehealth gives us the opportunity to offer high quality care to an expanded group of patients in a variety of convenient and cost-effective locations,” Sussman concluded.

This announcement is part of CVS Health’s broader commitment to connected health, exploring new and effective ways that digital technology can improve the health care experience. “A key pillar of our strategy is forging the right partnerships within the industry,” said Brian Tilzer, senior vice president and chief digital officer, CVS Health. “We recognize that some of the best ideas are already being developed, so we’re committed to partnering with other companies to explore and expand on these ideas together.”

“We are delighted that CVS Health has joined the roster of top health plans, employers, and hospitals that trust American Well for their telehealth services,” said Ido Schoenberg, CEO of American Well.  “Together we can offer consumers far more convenient access to affordable, quality care in the community and at home.”

“We started Doctor On Demand to provide immediate access to some of the best board-certified physicians in the country. We all know how hard it is to get fast treatment for common but acute medical issues,” said Doctor On Demand Co-Founder and CEO Adam Jackson. “Working with CVS Health gives us an opportunity to care for the millions of Americans that trust CVS Health with their health and wellness needs.”

“Caring for CVS Health customers is a great privilege and responsibility,” said Jason Gorevic, chief executive officer, Teladoc. “Consumers are choosing telehealth because it is a convenient and effective way to receive care. Teladoc is the pioneer of this innovative model, and we are excited to partner with CVS Health to increase the ways in which its customers can access high quality and affordable care.”

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 7,800 retail drugstores, 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

About American Well
American Well has delivered healthcare into the homes and workplaces of patients for close to a decade. American Well’s consumer service, Amwell, connects people with board-certified doctors, dieticians, and psychotherapists for video visits via smartphone, tablet, kiosk, phone, or desktop. Amwell is the #1 most downloaded Telehealth app and averages a 4.8 out of 5 Star rating by consumers. American Well serves the nation’s top health systems and health plans and in aggregate serves over 600 major employers and more than 25 million covered Americans.  For more information, visit American Well and Amwell are trademarks of American Well Corporation in the United States and other countries.

About Doctor On Demand
Doctor On Demand provides Video Visits with Board Certified Physicians, Psychologists, and Lactation Consultants via smartphones, tablets, and computers. Patients simply download the Doctor On Demand app or visit, provide a list of their symptoms, and are instantly connected for a Video Visit.  Doctor On Demand’s unique offering for health plans and employers combines a $0 PEPM business model with the easiest to use, highest-rated consumer application in the telemedicine space.  Doctor On Demand has more 5 star App Store reviews than every other telemedicine app combined. To learn more, please visit

About Teladoc
Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE: TDOC), the nation’s leader in telehealth, delivers on-demand health care 24/7 via mobile devices, the internet, secure video and phone. More than 12.5 million members connect to Teladoc’s network of more than 1,500 board-certified, state-licensed physicians and behavioral health professionals for a range of non-emergency conditions.  With a median response time of less than 10 minutes, Teladoc physicians will perform more than 525,000 telehealth visits in 2015.  Teladoc is the first and only telehealth company to receive certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its physician credentialing process. For more information, visit

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