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HealthSpot to deploy healthcare stations in Ohio for CareSource members

Iain Morris
August 27, 2014
Healthcare technology player HealthSpot has teamed up with managed care company CareSource with the aim of increasing access to quality healthcare for CareSource members.

Under the partnership, HealthSpot (Dublin, OH, USA) says it will deploy nearly 100 of its “stations” in community pharmacies across Ohio, providing services to consumers who can access pharmacies more easily than hospital facilities for routine diagnosis.

It says it will target national chain and independent pharmacies across Ohio.

The stations will connect patients to medical providers from a variety of Ohio’s health systems, including Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals.

Those providers and others have been using HealthSpot’s stations for the past 18 months for the diagnosis of high frequency illnesses, including flu and upper respiratory diseases.

HealthSpot has indicated it will target geographical areas that have high emergency room visit rates and patient wait times, as identified by patient focus groups and claim data analysis.

“Working with CareSource [Dayton, OH, USA] is key to our mission to increase access to the right quality and affordable medical care through a diverse professional care network in locations that are in the patient’s own backyard,” said Steve Cashman, HealthSpot’s chief executive. “HealthSpot is the first open platform that enables community providers to see patients outside their facility and truly create value for everyone in the healthcare ecosystem.”

CareSource said its agreement with HealthSpot would allow it to connect members in the most convenient locations.

“We are dedicated to helping our members find easier access to care,” said Steve Ringel, the president of Ohio Market CareSource.
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