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CVS Caremark partners with Microsoft HealthVault

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark is partnering with Microsoft to help people manage their health and wellness, and control their health information using the Microsoft HealthVault.

Through this collaboration, consumers will be able to download a list of prescriptions filled at a CVS pharmacy or through CVS Caremark by mail. They will also be able to save copies of their health records, including laboratory tests, from visits to MinuteClinic into their individual HealthVault record. MinuteClinic is a health clinic subsidiary of CVS Caremark.

Consumers will also be able to upload personal health data, such as blood pressure or glucometer readings, from HealthVault into CVS Caremark applications for use by pharmacists or nurse practitioners in providing care.

These services are expected to be available to consumers beginning in the fall of 2008.

“We believe that tools such as Microsoft HealthVault should better enable consumers to manage their health care information in an environment that is often fragmented and paper-based,” stated Helena Foulkes, senior vice president of Health Services at CVS Caremark. “Given CVS Caremark’s commitment to facilitating consumer engagement in their health care, we are excited to work with Microsoft to offer consumers HealthVault-connected services.

“For many people, the process for tracking medications consists of holding onto old prescription medication bottles,” stated Peter Neupert, corporate vice president of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. “The solutions CVS Caremark and HealthVault will deliver will make that method a thing of the past and give people the tools they need to better manage their prescriptions.”

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Take Care opens two Columbus locations

BY Antoinette Alexander

COLUMBUS , Ohio Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has opened two in-store health clinics at Walgreens stores in the Columbus area.

Take Care Health Systems now has 15 clinics in the state, including six in the Cincinnati area, seven in the Cleveland area and two in the Columbus area. Additional expansion is planned for the Columbus area this year.

“Take Care Health Clinics have been very well-received in Ohio since opening clinics in Cincinnati and Cleveland late last year,” stated Peter Miller, president and chief executive officer.

Take Care Health Systems is part of Walgreens new Health and Wellness division, alongside Walgreens newly acquired I-trax/CHD Meridian Healthcare and Whole Health Management, providers of worksite health centers that operate under the name Take Care Employer Solutions. Including Take Care Health clinics, the Walgreens Health and Wellness division manages approximately 550 worksite health and wellness centers and retail health clinics.

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 183 clinics in 23 markets throughout 14 states.

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Take Care could see 16 new clinics in Colorado by year-end

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, is expanding its presence in Colorado to include up to 16 clinics by the end of 2008.

The company currently manages three clinics in the Denver area. Additional Colorado expansion will include locations in the Denver area, as well as new markets Boulder-Longmont and Colorado Springs.

“Take Care Health clinics have been very well-received in the Denver area—our first Colorado market—since opening in May,” stated Peter Miller, president and chief executive officer. “Nationwide, Take Care Health providers have offered high-quality, affordable and convenient health care to more than a half a million patients, with exceedingly high patient satisfaction ratings. We believe that residents throughout Colorado will also find value in our patient-first model of care.”

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 181 clinics in 22 markets throughout 14 states.

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