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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic continues to expand its list of strategic alliances, with its latest partner being Indiana University Health (IU Health), the largest health system in Indiana.
Over the past couple of years, MinuteClinic has formed affiliations with a number of health systems. Since the end of the first quarter alone, MinuteClinic has formed affiliations with Advocate Health Care and Advocate Physician Partners, the Inova Health System, Ohio Health, Cleveland Clinic Florida and the Henry Ford Health System. These affiliations encompass collaborations with health system medical directors, clinical program development and eventual integration of electronic medical records.
Under this newest agreement announced on Thursday, IU Health physicians will serve as medical directors for 19 MinuteClinic locations, including 17 in the Indianapolis area, one in Bloomington and one in West Lafayette. Signage at participating MinuteClinic locations will inform patients that each site has a clinical affiliation with IU Health. In addition, MinuteClinic and IU Health will collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the services each offers. IU Health will accept patients who need a level of care that is not provided at MinuteClinic.
"As we continue to expand the number of clinics and services we offer in the Hoosier state, MinuteClinic shares a common goal with IU Health to make basic medical care more accessible to patients in locations near where they live and work," said Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark. "We are excited to be collaborating with IU Health, as we mark our 11th clinical affiliation with a regional health system in the United States."
MinuteClinic and IU Health will begin to work toward fully integrating their electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual's care. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will share medical histories and visit summaries with other IU Health locations in Indiana. In the meantime, MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice of sending patient visit summaries to primary care providers via fax or mail, typically within 24 hours.
"This partnership supports our mission of improving and protecting the health of our patients and Indiana communities," IU Health Physicians CEO John Fitzgerald said. "Through our collaboration with MinuteClinic, we will complement the role of primary care physicians by offering another convenient access point to high quality, affordable medical care during off-hours and weekends."
IU Health includes ownership or affiliation with more than 20 hospitals and health centers throughout Indiana, and has been named among the "Best Hospitals in America" by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years.