SoloHealth plans to put kiosks in retail stores that allow people to perform basic personal health screenings. The new health care IT unit is a follow-up to the EyeSite vision-screening kiosk, which can be found in stores such as Kroger and Schnucks.
a company focused on health education and prevention, plans to place
self-service health kiosks in major retail stores to allow people to test
themselves for conditions such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension, and to
check their vision and hearing. Patients will then receive recommendations for
company announced on June 17 that it received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to
expand its EyeSite
vision-screening kiosk into a full self-screening station. The existing EyeSite
kiosk can be found in stores such as Kroger and Schnucks in Atlanta,
Louis and other cities.
plans to target underserved communities with the new kiosk. Like the EyeSite
unit, it will be free to use and will work in English and Spanish. It will
incorporate an analytics engine to develop feedback for customers on their
medical data based on a specific demographic and ethnicity. The unit will then
print out customized reports and action plans. Screening will take less than 10
minutes, according to SoloHealth.
your own health could reduce health care costs, said Bart Foster, CEO
of SoloHealth, but you will still need to consult a doctor for follow-up
examinations and treatment. "We're not trying to replace a doctor by any
means," he told eWEEK. "We're trying to educate and motivate people
to take action."
cellular connection, mainly through Sprint's wireless network (although some
Verizon PCI Express cards will be used, too, depending on the infrastructure),
will connect the kiosks with SoloHealth's server in Atlanta.
kiosk will run MySQL open-source database software on a small form-factor PC
with Windows XP. The front-end consumer portal is still being developed,
Stephen Kendig, SoloHealth's vice president of operations and development, told
has released a video demonstration of its EyeSite
vision-screening kiosk, and it has a mock-up of the new self-screening
terminal, which it plans to roll it out with two major retailers by the end of 2010.
stores and pharmacies are increasingly incorporating technology to help
patients stay on top of their health needs. Recently Walgreen announced that it will send text alerts to
customers on their mobile phones to alert them when their prescriptions are
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company, FOXNews.com, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents, ScientificAmerican.com, USA Weekend and Womansday.com, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.