BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research has shown that Americans are eager to leverage digital tools to manage their personal health.* With this in mind, Sam’s Club has teamed up with health technology company higi to make free, self-service health screening stations available at most Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy (622 locations).
These screening stations are able to assess each user’s blood pressure, pulse, weight, and body mass index (BMI). Users can also track their health information over time and share it with others through higi’s online platform, which can aggregate data from over 80 health devices, activity trackers and apps to provide a holistic view of the state of their health.
“We believe understanding and tracking your personal biometric data is key to living a healthy life, so we make it as easy as possible for people to do just that with our unique screening technology and digital platforms that interface with leading health devices, fitness trackers or apps that people are already using,” said Jeff Bennett, CEO, higi. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Sam’s Club to make these innovative resources available and to help more people be proactive about their health.”
The higi self-service stations complement the existing free health screening program that Sam’s Club offers every month from January through October to both members and the public. In fact, the higi rollout at Sam’s Club aligns with the timing of the company’s ‘Healthy at Heart’ screening, which will take place on Saturday, February 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all locations with a pharmacy, while supplies last. This screening is valued at up to $150 and will include the following tests:**
- Total cholesterol
- HDL (good cholesterol)
- Blood pressure
- Body Fat Percentage
- Vision (not available at all locations)
- Hearing (not available at all locations)
Sponsors of the ‘Healthy at Heart’ screening include Align® probiotic supplements, Metamucil® fiber supplements (original and sugar-free), Member’s Mark® Omega 3-6-9 dietary supplement, and Members Mark® CoQ-10 cardiovascular antioxidant.
“Knowing how challenging it can be for some people to find the time to get a checkup, we believe higi’s self-service stations will be a great tool to complement our monthly health screening program, as they both help make it easier for people learn more about their health,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Consumables & Health and Wellness. “We also recognize the importance of using the latest technology to motivate people to live healthier lives, so our partnership with higi is a perfect match."
In addition to free health screenings, Sam’s Club Pharmacies provide other savings and preventive care to each community they serve, such as year-round immunizations.*** Eligible Sam’s Club Plus members can also save more on prescriptions, including exclusive discounts on select generic prescriptions, some of which are available free of charge, in many states, or at a discounted cost of $4 or $10 for a 30-day supply. The benefit is exclusively available to Plus members in addition to the Sam’s Club Extra Value Drug List, through which Business and Plus members also receive 10-30 percent savings on select brand name medications. Certain restrictions apply to these programs so members and potential members should check with their local Sam’s Club Pharmacy for details.
Two out of the last three years, Sam’s Club Pharmacy was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Mass Merchandiser Pharmacies” by J.D. Power. Sam’s Club Pharmacy also received the highest score in the prescription ordering/pick-up process; non-pharmacist staff; and pharmacist study factors within its segment.****
Beyond the Pharmacy, Sam’s Club members can also find a variety of healthy solutions in other areas of the club, including fresh organic foods, vitamins and supplements, oral care products, and wearable health devices (many of which can be connected to the higi platform). Additional information about Sam’s Club health and wellness offerings can be found at SamsClub.com and in the Sam’s Club exclusive bi-monthly wellness magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple.
higi is a Chicago-based technology company that is transforming the way people manage their health. Founded in 2012, the company owns and operates the largest FDA-cleared self-screening health station network in the United States with nearly 11,000 stations located in food, drug and mass market retailers. higi also operates a robust online community platform that is linked to the higi health station network and over 80 health devices, activity trackers and apps. To date, more than 40 million people have used a higi health station to conduct 190 million biometric screenings (blood pressure, pulse, weight, body mass index). Over 4 million people have signed up for a higi account which offers an all-in-one biometric and activity data feed for personal health management and information-sharing with friends, family and trusted healthcare providers. For more information, visit us at www.higi.com
About Sam’s Club®
Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in 659 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.
* Makovsky/Kelton. Fifth Annual “Pulse of Online Health” Survey. Available online at http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fifth-annual-pulse-of-online-health-survey-finds-66-of-americans-eager-to-leverage-digital-tools-to-manage-personal-health-300039986.html. Accessed January 26, 2017.
** Limited quantities available. Screening types and quantities may vary by state and club. All tests are performed by licensed professionals.
*** Some immunizations may not be available in all locations, due to state law restrictions on pharmacist administered immunizations. Age restrictions may apply.
**** Sam's Club received the highest numerical score among 8 mass merchandisers in the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Pharmacy Study, based on 14,789 total responses, measuring the opinions of consumers who filled a new prescription or refilled a prescription during the three months prior to the survey period, surveyed May-June 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.