Thursday, October 9, 2014

CVS and MedStar Health

Have you seen these announcements and wondered what they mean?

Recently, MedStar Health and CVS Health (formerly CVS Caremark) announced a new clinical affiliation that gives MedStar patients access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring, and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic.

CVS has 23 MinuteClinic and 319 retail pharmacy locations in MedStar’s service area.

What does this mean? Well, work teams are already beginning to work on:

·         Electronic medical record (EMR) integration to streamline communication around all aspects of patient care between MedStar and CVS
·         Electronic sharing of messages and alerts from CVS/pharmacy to MedStar Health physicians regarding potential medication non-adherence issues
·         Electronic sharing of medical histories and visit summaries with the patient’s primary care provider at MedStar Health 

This is all part of MedStar's development of an integrated health care delivery network to connect the different aspects of care for our patients.


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