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Telemedicine to be Offered Inside Walmart

BCS Global Networks announced late last month that it will partner with Telemed Ventures to deliver "an innovative managed visual collaboration solution to Walmart’s Retail Medical Clinics." The announcement says that Telemed Ventures will operate the service under the retail brand Smart Care Doc™.  No details were provided on when the service will become available or in which stores.

"Video stations setup within the clinics enable patients to virtually conduct interactive doctor
and specialist visits," says Clive Sawkins, CEO of BCS Global. "The service is designed to promote the effective utilization of healthcare resources in a cost-effective manner and increase patients? access to healthcare professionals."

Telemedicine inside Walmart stores is not new. In August of 2008 a story ran in this publication on a partnership between MyHealthyAccess, an early retail clinic operator, and NuPhysicia, a telemedicine venture that started at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Those two companies operated telemedicine clinics inside Houston Walmart stores in Houston for less than a year.

New clinic openings in Walmart have all but stopped since the company issued an RFI last November seeking partners to help build a primary care offering. 

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NextCare Acquires Dallas-Based PrimaCare

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July 29, 2013
Walgreens Drops Take Care Name

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April 5, 2013
Take Care Expands Services

Walgreens announced this month diagnosis and treatment of chronic illnesses at Take Care Health clinics.

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April 5, 2013
AFC Buys Doctors Express
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December 1, 2012
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October 24, 2012
MinuteClinic Opens In Asheville, NC
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October 18, 2012
Walk-In Medicine and Telehealth Continue to Converge
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September 17, 2012
MinuteClinic Signs 18th Collaboration Agreement
Agreement with University of Oklahoma Physicians covers Oklahoma City clinics.
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August 1, 2012
More Moves By Major Urgent Care Players
Solantic/CareSpot forms a joint venture with HCA; Physicians Immediate Care gets a major investment.
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May 15, 2012
Target Clinic Expands Into NC and VA
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August 1, 2011
Safeway Begins Building Clinics in its Stores

Traditional grocery gets a boost as a platform for retail clinics. 

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