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AdviNOW, Akos and Safeway Introduce Artificial Intelligence-powered Clinic to Phoenix Market with Event on Nov. 29

AdviNOW Medical:

WHAT: Grand Opening Event debuting Artificial Intelligence-powered, virtual medical clinics inside Phoenix-area Safeway stores. Mayor Mark Mitchell to host ribbon cutting and make remarks.

Welcome remarks by Albertsons Companies’ Director of Pharmacy Joe Leyba, PharmD; Akos Founder and CEO Kishlay Anad, MD; and, AdviNOW Medical Founder and CEO James Bates.

WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ribbon cutting and tours of the clinic. An open house for Safeway shoppers and visitors curious to see this one-of-a-kind medical clinic will occur from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Tempe Safeway Store, 926 E. Broadway Road, Tempe, Arizona 85282

WHY: Akos, a leader in virtual health solutions, has launched in five Phoenix-area Safeway stores first-of-its-kind, AI-powered medical clinics featuring telehealth and onsite health professionals. This event is an opportunity to experience the technology and witness first-hand how it will transform the way we access personal healthcare forever. We are hosting at the Tempe Safeway store, around the corner from Arizona State University, because ASU students and interns helped to develop the technology.

Here’s how it works: While sitting in front of a computer screen and a rack of simple-to-use, FDA-approved medical devices, patients are guided by Augmented Reality through self-administered steps to collect data such as weight, temperature, blood pressure, and blood oxygen content, as well as ear, nose and throat images, and chest, lung and abdomen sounds. Follow-up questions are asked until the information necessary for diagnostic decision is collected. The total process typically takes less than 15 minutes. A complete patient work-up is sent electronically to an Akos provider with a breakdown of potential illnesses and treatment options. Through a video consultation, the provider engages with the patient to confirm the AI-collected information, verify the diagnosis, and confirm or modify the treatment plan formulated by the system.

Every detail of the encounter is automatically charted and scribed into the electronic medical record. The AI also sends the prescription and/or test orders to the appropriate healthcare partner, e.g. imaging centers, pharmacies, etc., and completes the billing process. In the appropriate timeframe, depending upon the diagnosis, the AI follows up with the patient to check their health status and schedule a follow-up visit, if warranted.


Tempe, Arizona makes waves as a technology and business magnet, an inclusive, caring community and a hub for recreation and adventure. Home to Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake and the famous Mill Avenue, Tempe is located in the center of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area and adjacent to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Tempe is a diverse, forward-thinking community of 182,000 residents, 200,000 workforce members and 100,000 students. More than 4 million visitors arrive each year to enjoy special events such as the Tempe Festival of the Arts, Ironman Arizona and the Fantasy of Lights holiday boat parade. More details available at www.tempe.gov or follow us Instagram and Twitter, @tempegov.


Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.


Developed by a team of leading physicians, Akos launched its revolutionary telehealth platform in 2016. Named “2017 Innovator of the Year” at the Governor’s Innovation of Celebration, Akos powers a new type of virtual practice, offering a fully integrated HIPAA-compliant healthcare solution for patients, physicians, employers and medical centers across the United States. By combining smart technology, seamless design, a patient-centric approach, grassroots strategy and the collective power of a preferred provider network, Akos is reinventing the traditional healthcare model one virtual call at a time. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, Akos gives patients unparalleled access to licensed healthcare providers who provide care for a wide range of non-emergent conditions via a smartphone, tablet or desktop – no insurance or membership necessary. For more information or to download our app, visit www.AkosMD.com. For the latest news, health tips and more, follow Akos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Healthcare has been slow to operationalize technological innovation. How we engage with providers today is not much different than decades ago. This has led to wasteful inefficiencies, persistent poor health outcomes, and out-of-control costs. AdviNOW Medical is changing this paradigm. Winner of the AZBio Fast Lane Award, AdviNOW Medical uses Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality to power a patient-friendly medical station to evolve and improve the healthcare encounter—resulting in reduced overhead, greater patient through-put, billing timeliness and efficiency, and faster value-based, incentivized data collection. The lead investor in AdviNOW Medical is GlobalMed. For more information, visit www.advinow.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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