|CVS Caremark Partners with Google on the Launch of Google Health|
Collaboration Provides Consumers with Secure Access to their Health Information and the Ability to Manage their Information Online
WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) today announced a partnership with Google Health, a new product launched today by Google, which allows users to securely store, organize and manage their medical records and health care information online. This partnership will facilitate and enhance communications between consumers and health care providers by providing individuals with secure access to their medication history and personal health care information.
"In today's health care environment, information related to an individual's overall health is often fragmented, creating gaps in the availability of data and missed opportunities to coordinate care," said Helena Foulkes, Senior Vice President, Health Services at CVS Caremark. "At CVS Caremark, given our presence across the health care continuum as a retail pharmacy, pharmacy benefits manager and retail clinic provider, we can help bring together key health information of importance to our consumers and provide them with a holistic view of their health status."
By integrating on the Google Health platform, patients who receive treatment at MinuteClinic, the retail-based health clinic subsidiary of CVS Caremark, will be able to securely import their visit summaries into their Google Health Accounts. As of today, this function will be immediately available to MinuteClinic patients in Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee and will roll out nationally to the more than 500 MinuteClinic locations in 25 states during the course of the next several weeks. In addition, within the next several months, consumers who fill their prescriptions at a CVS/pharmacy or have prescription coverage from CVS Caremark will also be able to securely import their prescription and medication histories into Google Health
"We believe that Personal Health Records, or PHRs, show great promise as a tool to enable patients to engage in their own health care and we are committed to working with industry leaders to further develop and advance the utility of PHRs," said Jon Roberts, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at CVS Caremark. "Given our commitment to facilitating greater consumer engagement in health care and our mission to make innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, we are excited to partner with Google at the launch of Google Health."
About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions and related health care services in the nation. The Company fills or manages more than one billion prescriptions annually. Through its unmatched breadth of service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the delivery of health care services in the U.S. The Company is uniquely positioned to effectively manage costs and improve health care outcomes through its 6,300 CVS/pharmacy stores; its pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty pharmacy division, Caremark Pharmacy Services; its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online pharmacy, CVS.com.
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