Friday, August 01, 2008

The Health Care Blog: Wal-Mart launches telemedicine business

The Health Care Blog: Wal-Mart launches telemedicine business: "Leave it to Wal-Mart to continue to grow its franchise in health through yet anotherWalmart_logo2 revenue center. This time it's telemedicine.

The company will pilot telemedicine through retail clinics in Houston, and will be trademarked as Walk-In Telemedicine Health Care. Wal-Mart will be partnering with My Healthy Access and NuPhysicia, the private company that comes out of the long-successful telemedicine program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Telemedicine was been pioneered at U-T in Galveston over the past 10 years, and the program has global reach.

Instead of employing nurse practitioners, the medical model for this program will use paramedics working under the supervision of physicians via various scopes technologies -- electronic stethoscopes and beyond. NuPhysicia describes this process as, 'interactive physician visits.'"
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