Samford Alumnus Introduces First Telemedicine Kiosk In An Alabama Pharmacy

| December 9, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Sarah Waller, Samford University

As the owner of an independent pharmacy, Cole Sandlin’s goal is to make it a health care destination.

“We’re located in a rural community, but I want my patients to have all of the amenities and services that bigger cities have to offer. This is what drives me to offer new things,” said Sandlin, a 2008 alumnus of Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

Sandlin is a third-generation owner of Fred’s Pharmacy in Hamilton. He is also a third-generation McWhorter School of Pharmacy alumnus. “Coming back and owning the family business was my goal of becoming a pharmacist. I knew I wanted to work with the public and give back to the community that helped raise me,” he said.

In 2016, American Well, a national telemedicine technology company, approached American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc., of which Fred’s Pharmacy is a member, about installing a telemedicine kiosk in one of its members’ pharmacies. Bruce Harris, a 2012 Samford alumnus, worked for the cooperative at the time and reached out to Sandlin about the opportunity. He jumped at the chance.

Telemedicine provides a live interaction with a physician located remotely for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Sandlin said with a small fee, patients in his community can come to his pharmacy and interact with a physician through a live video stream. The kiosk includes a blood pressure cuff, thermometer, oximeter, dermoscope and otoscope so vitals can be measured and areas such as the ears, nose and throat can be examined.

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