SoloHealth, vendor of a self-service vision-screening kiosk deployed in retail facilities, has received a $1.2 million federal grant to develop the kiosk into a more comprehensive health and wellness screening station.

The grant comes from the Small Business Innovation Research program of the National Institutes of Health. Duluth, Ga.-based SoloHealth has a total of nearly 100 eye exam kiosks deployed, primarily at retailers such as grocery stores, in Atlanta; Birmingham, Ala.; Houston; Madison, Wis.; Salt Lake City and St. Louis. The kiosks provide a free vision assessment, information about common eye health conditions and referrals to local eye care practitioners.

Now, the vendor will expand the kiosk functionality to screen other conditions including hypertension, obesity, nutrition and diabetes. The company also will expand its geographic markets and target underserved communities.

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--Joseph Goedert


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