Dan Cohen AUTHOR Military installations in Colorado Springs, Colo., are participating in a joint effort to partner with local governments to enhance their missions and increase efficiencies.“The goal is to partner with the local community and other bases to combine similar services and provide quality programs regardless of where those programs are hosted,” said David Clapp, deputy base civil engineer for the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base.Earlier this month, the Pikes Peak Community Partnership Initiative held a charter signing at Peterson, reported 21st Space Wing Public Affairs. The effort currently has four partnership initiatives benefitting the bases and community.A joint public works bulk purchase for road deicer and winter chemicals allows area military installations and El Paso County to share costs and take advantage of bulk pricing. The agreement is expected to generate about $73,000 in cost savings and $6,400 in cost avoidance for the Front Range bases over a five-year period.A second initiative is centralizing transition assistance for separating service members, an effort intended to streamline information disseminated to personnel and provide a single location to obtain military and community resources.Under the experiential learning initiative, Pikes Peak Community College and other institutions can partner with local installations to create internships for students in a variety of disciplines. The partnership is increasing the number available internships for the community college and providing valuable on-the-job training for the students. At the same time, it is helping the military bases accomplish needed tasks, according to the story.A fourth partnership allows military providers and nurses the opportunity to train in local hospitals in order to obtain and maintain required credentials and competencies for their specialties, while providing needed skillsets and capabilities to the hospitals.
Is it safe?I was nervous over using a pharmacy in an app, mostly that I would end up with the wrong medication — or even worse, fake medication. A big reason why I tried it at all was that one of my doctors introduced me to it. I was inclined to take their professional judgement as a marker of safety. Another reason I gave it a chance was because I learned Alto was born from AG Pharmacy, a local brick-and-mortar SF pharmacy that operated for around 30 years. Finally, I check my state’s licensing board to verify the company had a pharmacy license before I scheduled my first delivery.Alto is legit, but that’s not to say that every pharmacy you find online is. The FDA has a program called BeSafeRx to help you avoid pharmacy websites that are straight-up scams, and find ones that are safe.Other pharmacy apps and servicesAlto is far from the only app out there, here are a few other prescription delivery websites and apps:NowRxNimblePillPackThere are also many sites where you can order birth control and vitamins for delivery. Tags Comments Share your voice Watch genetically modified T-cells kill cancer cells Caregiving Now playing: Watch this: Get drugs delivered to your front door. Alto Buying prescription drugs online doesn’t have a good reputation. In fact, online pharmacies have raised safety concerns for as long as they’ve been around. So imagine my hesitation when a new dermatologist referred me to Alto, a full-service pharmacy in an app that delivers drugs to my front door.Despite being a millennial who will readily order food from an app, I was skeptical and untrusting of getting medications through my phone. That is, until I finally tried it. I’ve been using Alto now for a few months, and I hope to never have to go back to an in-person pharmacy ever again. Read on to find out why.Read more: Care/of, Ritual, Hum: How to pick a personalized vitamin subscriptionAlto shows all of your active prescriptions, and how many refills are left. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET What is Alto?Alto’s app allows you to manage and fill your prescriptions, and then get them delivered to you. It is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles area. There are also three physical locations — one in San Francisco, Culver City and Irvine — where you can pick up medications.Alto uses machines to automate the process of filling prescriptions. The first is “Hazel,” a dispensing machine that holds 188 of the most commonly dispensed medications.The other is “Henry,” which creates plastic pill packs of multiple medications that need to be taken at the same time — similar to Amazon’s PillPack. A pharmacist verifies these two machines’ work to catch any errors.Alto stocks hundreds of medications, including specialty drugs for fertility, HIV and more.Why use a pharmacy app?Despite my ever-growing frustration with it, Walgreens has been my primary pharmacy for 10 years. The location I go to is huge, open 24 hours and always has a line at the pharmacy pick-up window. I considered switching to another IRL pharmacy, but never got around to it.Alto is the opposite experience. There’s no line, just a scheduled delivery window. Instead of standing behind someone arguing with the pharmacist about trying to get their medications with an expired prescription, I get to sit on my couch. The long and short of it is that every time I’ve used Alto, it’s been convenient and easy.Another perk is that Alto delivers a 30-day supply. Though this is changing, some pharmacy chains will only deliver a 90-day supply of medication and that often requires a new prescription from your doctor. At least, that’s what Walgreens has always told me.How does ordering medication from a pharmacy app work?With Alto, there are two ways to get started; with a new prescription or an existing one. Create an accountYour doctor can send a new prescription to Alto on your behalf, which will trigger the company to text you to sign up for an Alto account. Or, you can sign up for an account whenever you want and transfer your prescriptions from another pharmacy.If you do transfer prescriptions, Alto handles a lot of the hassle. It will verify that your prescription is active and that you have refills, and will contact your doctor for you to get more refills as needed.You can pick which medications you want in each delivery. Screenshots by Sarah Mitroff/CNET Scheduled deliveriesNo matter how you get started, once you have an account, you can schedule deliveries for your medication. You can pick the date you want them to arrive, and then pick a 3-hour delivery window. The choices are usually 12 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 2 to 5 p.m. on weekends.Once you pick the prescriptions you need, you’ll see a summary of your order, with the prescription name, dosage, quantity and cost (where available). When you first start using Alto, you might not be able to see a price until the company runs it past your insurance. After that, you’ll see the copay cost from the last time you ordered the medication.During your scheduled delivery time, a delivery person shows up with your medications in a sealed box, which also includes a single wrapped salted caramel as an added treat. Walgreens just can’t match that.Read more: Peloton, Daily Burn and more: Best workout subscription appsDoes it cost more?Prices are on par with what you would pay at any other pharmacy. You can add your insurance information or a pharmacy savings card to your profile to get your copay or a discount.You can also pay full price out of pocket for medications that aren’t covered by insurance. There are no fees to use Alto, and unlike Walgreens or CVS, there’s no delivery fee. 1:40 2
HSC and its equivalent examinations of 2018 under 10 education boards begin across the country today. Photo: BSSThe Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations of 2018 under 10 education boards begin across the country today amid tough measures taken to check question paper leakage and other malpractices in the examinations.A total of 13,11,457 examinees from 8,864 educational institutions will appear in the examinations this year. Of them, 6, 35,697 are male and 5,47,989 female, said officials of the education ministry.They said only the in-charge officers of respective centres will be allowed to enter the examination halls with mobile phones as they will be given instruction via a text message about the set of question papers.The authorities will open envelopes of question papers about 25 minutes before the examinations start and they have already taken decision to shut down all the coaching centres till completion of the examinations, a top official of the ministry told a meeting recently.He said all the authorities concerned are sincerely working to root out all possible sources of question paper leakage as a vested quarter is involved in the malpractices.A total of 10,92,607 candidates are set to sit for the examinations from eight general education boards while 1, 00,127 under the Madrasa Education Board and 1, 17,754 from the Technical education board. A total of 1, 27,771 candidates have been increased this year comparing to the previous year.Besides, 299 students will appear in the examinations from seven overseas centres.All the examinees have been asked to take their seats in the examination centres 30 minutes before the examinations begin.The written examinations will continue until 13 May while the practical examinations will be held from 14 to 23 May.Candidates with physical disabilities will receive an additional 20 minutes in the examinations while the examinees with special needs, including those with autism, will get 30 additional minutes.A total of 11, 83,686 examinees appeared in the HSC and equivalent examinations last year.