Supermarket expands diabetes line into DSM

Thursday, February 28, 2002

SAN ANTONIO - H.E. Butt Grocery Co. has tallied strong initial sales from its own line of diabetes care products, H-E-B inControl, and plans to use the products as a launching pad for a disease state management program, according to store officials. During November, H-E-B inControl products, including a lancing device, 50-count and 100-count test strips and a diabetes-monitoring kit, debuted at pharmacies thoughout the 160-store chain. By mid-2002, the 160 stores plan to unveil diabetic products in a patient-friendly display, instead of behind the counter. There, "they will be able to feel the products and hopefully generate more questions to the pharmacists," Business Development Manager Scott Delaney, told Supermarket News. HME
PSA networks with Broadwing equipment
NORCROSS, Ga. - Pediatric Services of America (PSA) signed an agreement last month to acquire networking equipment that will allow it to securely transmit insurance and patient information from 78 locations to its headquarters. Using Broad-wing's all-optical switched network, PSA also will be able to determine the availability of medical equipment for its pediatric patients. Broadwing's technology lets businesses create wide-area networks that are protocol independent, reliable, secure and capable of exchanging data without the cost and inflexibility of a leased line, the company claims. HME
Agreement lets IV providers manage online

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Definitive Homecare Solutions, a software provider to the home-infusion industry, will link its software to Home Healthcare's Web site so IV providers and pharmacies can directly access and download results from lab tests sent to Home Healthcare for next-day processing. HME