SoloHealth Partners With National Health Museum and Georgia Dept. of Community Health on First Personal Health Advisor Kiosk
10/26/2010 0 Comments
ATLANTA—The National Health Museum (NHM) of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and Duluth, Ga.-based SoloHealth are unveiling Georgia’s first Personal Health Advisor (PHA). The digital system is a new way for residents to learn about their health with the simple touch of a computer screen.
The PHA unit is a free-standing kiosk device that is being piloted and evaluated at the Primary Care of Southwest Georgia (PCSG) community clinic in Blakely, Ga., offering no-charge use, free health screenings and a health fair. The PHA kiosk project will be expanded for use throughout the state. Developed by SoloHealth and the NHM, it’s a new health information delivery platform, allowing users to assess their risk for overweight and obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
The kiosk’s touch screen features two “physician tour guides” to help patients answer questions about their health and health knowledge. Users enter non-identifiable demographic data and answer health status questions, and within minutes they are provided with a custom risk assessment printout, along with action-oriented tips for healthy living, and local and national health resources.
“We are proud to be partnering with the NHM and the Georgia DCH. We have a shared mission to increase access to health care while reducing health care costs. This new technology empowers consumers to learn about their own health and encourages them to take action,” said Bart Foster, SoloHealth’s founder and CEO.
SoloHealth, which currently has nearly 100 EyeSite kiosks deployed in nine metro markets, is developing the SoloHealth Station, a self-service health screening kiosk which will feature vision screening, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and a basic health risk assessment, Foster told VMail. He explained, “We plan to pilot with two national retailers beginning next year. Our partnership with the National Health Museum and the Georgia Department of Community Health is in line with our strategy to help reduce costs and improve access to health care for millions of Americans. SoloHealth is in discussions with a number of government agencies interested in expanding the SoloHealth kiosks and promoting eye health awareness and education.”