CVS/pharmacy customers can now securely download their prescription history from cvs.com to their Microsoft HealthVault record
WOONSOCKET, R.I. and REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) today announced the expansion of its partnership with Microsoft HealthVault. Now, CVS/pharmacy customers have the ability to securely download their prescription histories to their individual Microsoft HealthVault record. By visiting CVS.com, consumers who fill their prescriptions at CVS/pharmacy stores can now easily add their prescription history into their HealthVault record.
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CVS Caremark has been a partner with Microsoft HealthVault since June 2008. Consumers using CVS Caremark for pharmacy benefit management services can already store, organize, and manage their prescription history information online using Microsoft's HealthVault platform. In addition, patients who receive treatment at MinuteClinic, the retail-based health clinic subsidiary of CVS Caremark, can securely import their visit summaries and laboratory test results into their personal HealthVault record.
"All of the consumers we serve - whether they are CVS/pharmacy customers, CVS Caremark plan participants or visitors to our MinuteClinic locations - can now easily download their prescription history into their Microsoft HealthVault record," said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President at CVS Caremark. "By enabling patients to download their prescription information directly into their personal HealthVault record, we are helping them access and maintain a more complete view of their medication history, one that can easily be shared and discussed with the health care providers who are managing their overall health."
"The expansion of the HealthVault and CVS Caremark partnership allows a greater number of people to easily manage prescription information for themselves and their families," said David Cerino, general manager of consumer health in Microsoft's Health Solutions Group. "This not only helps consumers take better control of their medication plans but also enables individuals to provide their physicians with visibility to their prescription history for better coordination of care."
To use the tool, customers of CVS/pharmacy must first be signed up for the Prescription Management feature on CVS.com. This feature also allows registered customers to manage their prescriptions online, including ordering refills, choosing pickup locations, requesting prescription renewals and receiving alerts on generic alternatives. In order to maintain patient privacy, the consumer making the request for information will need to be authenticated on the cvs.com Web site before any data is shared with Microsoft HealthVault.
About Microsoft HealthVault
Microsoft HealthVault is a personal health application platform designed to put consumers in control of their health information. HealthVault provides a privacy- and security-enhanced foundation on which a broad ecosystem of providers can build innovative health and wellness solutions such as personal health records, disease management, fitness, weight loss and other Web applications. HealthVault can be used to collect and store health information that would otherwise reside in disparate systems and transfer the information between a variety of providers' health services and systems. It enables the reuse and free flow of interoperable and transportable personal health information.
About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. The Company fills or manages more than 1 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 more than 6,900 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores; its Caremark Pharmacy Services division (pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty pharmacy); its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online pharmacy, CVS.com. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site, at cvscaremark.com/investors, as well as through the press room section of the Company's Web site, at cvscaremark.com/newsroom.
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