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INDIANAPOLIS — Community Health Network has officially begun its clinical collaboration with the Healthcare Clinic, formerly Take Care Clinics, at select Walgreens creating one of the largest integrated continuums of healthcare delivery in Indiana.
"With the healthcare system today facing a myriad of challenges, our clinics can play an important role in enhancing patient access to quality, convenient and affordable care," stated Alan London, chief medical officer of Healthcare Clinic. "Working with such a highly integrated health system as Community Health Network offers an ideal opportunity to further coordinate patient care in the Central Indiana region. We look forward to working together to help patients in these communities get, stay and live well."
With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act estimated to bring more than 400,000 new patients into Central Indiana's healthcare systems, according to the Indiana Hospital Association, the relationship aims to help address some of the needs and challenges facing both patients and healthcare providers.
"Between a growing aging population, many with chronic health conditions, and the influx of new patients resulting from the Affordable Care Act, Community Health Network and Walgreens are helping to provide greater access to quality health care," added Tim Hobbs, chief physician executive at Community Health Network. "We think consumers can benefit from this type of collaborative model — when the most integrated healthcare provider in the area joins forces with Walgreens to deliver more coordinated care that caters to the needs of patients and the community at large."
Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens offers treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, and also will support Community in the treatment of its patients with chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and asthma. The clinics also will have the ability to assist patients who wish to schedule followup appointments with Community Health Network physicians and testing/ancillary services.
Within the next several months, the electronic health records of Healthcare Clinic patients will be fully integrated with Community CareConnect, the electronic medical records technology platform owned by Community Health Network. Patients also will be able to schedule appointments at Community Physician Network practices, Healthcare Clinic sites, MedCheck walk-in clinic locations and imaging sites