The Walmart warehouse club chain said Tuesday that the higi health kiosks enable customers to measure their blood pressure, pulse, weight and body mass index (BMI).
In addition, consumers can track their health information over time and share it with others via higi’s online platform, which can aggregate data from more than 80 digital health devices, activity trackers and apps to provide a holistic view of their health.
“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,” Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of consumables, health and wellness at Sam’s Club, said in a statement. “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.”
Sam’s Club, which has 622 pharmacies overall, pointed to a 2015 connected health study finding that most Americans see digital tools, such as mobile apps and wearables, as a way to help them better manage 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,” stated Jeff Bennett, chief executive officer of 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.”
Chicago-based higi owns and operates the nation’s largest FDA-cleared, self-screening health station network, with almost 11,000 kiosks in food, drug and mass retail locations.
Sam’s Club noted that the higi rollout comes as it gets ready to hold its “Healthy at Heart” screening this Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all of its 622 pharmacies. Valued at up to $150, the screening tests include total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), blood pressure, body fat percentage, glucose, vision (not available at all locations) and hearing (not available at all locations). Sponsors of the heart health screening event include Align probiotic supplements, Metamucil fiber supplements, Member’s Mark Omega 3-6-9 dietary supplement and Members Mark CoQ-10 cardiovascular antioxidant.
The wholesale club retailer, which has 659 stores overall in the United States and Puerto Rico, holds a free health screening program every month from January to October to members and the public.