Coinstar Inc. of Bellevue, Wash., is bringing its considerable experience in self-serivce kiosks -- coin-counting and DVD rentals (Redbox) -- to the healthcare field. It's investing an undisclosed amount in SoloHealth, Duluth, Ga., a vendor of self-service vision screenings.
SoloHealth is looking to expand beyond vision screens, however. It has been using a $1.2 million National Institutes of Health grant for the past year to create its SoloHealth Station kiosks, which it plans to place in high-traffic retail spaces, according to company statements. The kiosks will provide vision, blood pressure, weight and other health-related screenings.
But that may only be step one. The company plans to extend the reach of its new service into "online/digital, mobile and emerging platform[s]," officials add.
"We are thrilled to have the support of Coinstar, a leader in automated retail," said Bart Foster, SoloHealth’s chief executive officer and founder, in a statement. "We live in a self-service society, and with the current environment, we believe SoloHealth's platforms will provide a tremendous resource for consumers and the entire healthcare system by reducing healthcare costs, increasing access and empowering people to take action to improve their lives."
Coinstar to Invest in SoloHealth
Portable kiosk takes health monitoring around the hospital, into patient homes