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Wednesday, 20 February 2013
The Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA) Industry Excellence Awards honors the best self-service, digital signage and mobile technology deployments across all vertical market segments. DSA welcomes entries from all interested companies - members and non-members alike. The deadline to enter is March 15.


Technology (you can enter your project for one or more of these categories):
•    Digital Signage
•    Self-Service / Interactive Kiosk
•    Mobile

Vertical market (choose only one):
•    Corporate Communications
•    Digital Out-of-Home Campaign
•    Entertainment/Gaming
•    Financial Services
•    Government/Education/Non-Profit
•    Healthcare
•    Restaurant/Food Service
•    Retail
•    Travel/Hospitality
•    Other (industry not listed above)

See 2012 winners

See 2013 rules and entry criteria

Industry Deployer of the Year

The Industry Deployer of the Year will be given to an individual person from an end-user organization (retail, government, healthcare, casino, hotel, etc.). This award will focus on the strategic role this person has played in driving their screen media deployment, their vision, and innovative programs.

Click here to nominate an Industry Deployer of the Year (Individual Honor).

Network Operator of the Year

The Network Operator of the Year will be given to an organization that operates networks of digital signs or kiosks, often for the purpose of selling advertising. This award will focus on the company’s success in creating a sustainable network delivering high quality, relevant content that reaches the intended audience.

Click here to nominate a Network Operator of the Year (Company Honor).

Please note: No fee required for Industry Deployer of the Year or Network Operator of the Year submissions.

Deadline: March 15, 2013 - Enter today!
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Tuesday, 05 February 2013
In a game of word association, your response to “health care” might well be “reform” given recent health policy headlines. Increasingly, we’re living in a time when “health care” and “self-service” are two concepts that also belong together.

Self-service kiosks have been used in traditional health care settings for wayfinding, patient check-in, health education and visitor access. Now consumer-directed health care and user-friendly self-service technology have converged to make retailers a natural setting for health kiosks designed for education and wellness screening.  Retailers’ efforts are effectively putting health care in the path of our everyday lives.

Retail and brand executives or average consumers who haven’t checked their blood pressure in a store lately will be pleasantly surprised by the transformation of the blood pressure kiosk. It is being replaced by multi-dimensional digital technology like the SoloHealth Station.

SoloHealth is on a short list of FDA-approved providers of self-service consumer health care that retailers are turning to. There are currently over 1,000 SoloHealth Stations in select retailers across the U.S., including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Safeway, Publix, CVS and Schnucks Markets.

The SoloHealth Station enables self-service health screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index, a symptom checker, and an overall health assessment free of charge.  The kiosk also helps connect consumers to local professionals through their databases, helping people enter the most appropriate and accurate point in the health care system.

An obvious benefit to retailers is that health care kiosks drive traffic, as do the walk-in health care clinics that have sprung up in big box, drug and grocery stores in the last few years.  There is also a benefit to brands that can target messages on-screen to health-conscious consumers while they’re just yards away from their products.

Beyond these strategic aims lies a societal benefit to health and wellness screening that Bart Foster, founder and CEO of SoloHealth voiced saying, “Awareness and prevention are probably the best frontline defense against poor health and cutting unnecessary costs across the board.” Notably, the kiosk’s engagement statistics show that 71% of users are at medium to high risk for hypertension, while 51% are overweight to obese.

A key to the success of any kiosk is whether people will want to use it. Today’s self-service healthcare has cross-generational appeal. Members of Generation X are accustomed to doing their own healthcare research. Yet, the incorporation of intuitive touchscreen features that people have become familiar with on their smartphones and tablets makes the kiosk experience accessible to a wider age range.

Self-service health care kiosks in retail settings bring some of the same positive customer experiences that are made possible by kiosks in other settings like airports, grocery stores and department stores: immediate access, efficient communication, and the portability of cloud-based access to information.

If you haven’t personally crossed paths with a self-service health and wellness kiosk at retail just yet, be patient.  Based on their early success, there should be 4,000 or more out there a year from now.

About the author
Dave King is senior vice president at in-store merchandising firm Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

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