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JDRF, Selecta Biosciences collaborate on Type 1 diabetes vaccines development

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK and WATERTOWN, Mass. — The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Selecta Biosciences have established a research collaboration to develop vaccines for Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes.

Through the collaboration, JDRF will provide "milestone-based financial support and expertise" to Selecta, which ultimately would apply its vaccine technology to create a vaccine that would halt or prevent the autoimmune response that causes Type 1 diabetes.

The research collaboration between JDRF and Selecta is part of JDRF’s Industry Discovery and Development Partnership program, which launched in 2004.

"Through partnerships like this, JDRF is helping to speed the development of products from the lab to the marketplace, to make sure breakthroughs in science are able to reach the people they are meant to help," JDRF SVP strategic alliances Karin Hehenberger said. "Pooling the resources and strengths of both JDRF and Selecta allows us to work together to advance research that could help many people who have or are at risk for Type 1 diabetes, and we will be more effective in making these innovative products available to them."

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MinuteClinic, OhioHealth enter strategic clinical affiliation

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I., and COLUMBUS, Ohio — MinuteClinic has entered a clinical affiliation with OhioHealth, a not-for-profit, charitable healthcare organization based in Columbus. MinuteClinic has seven walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores throughout the region.

"Through its many hospitals and neighborhood health centers, OhioHealth has a strong primary care presence in the Columbus area and an outstanding record for clinical quality," said Andrew Sussman, MinuteClinic president and SVP/associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark. "As we have experienced elsewhere in Ohio and in other communities in the [United States], strategic clinical affiliations between MinuteClinic and major health systems — such as OhioHealth — enhance our ability to extend high-quality medical services to patients in convenient retail locations near where they live and work."

Under the agreement, physicians affiliated with OhioHealth will serve as medical directors for MinuteClinic locations in central Ohio. In addition, MinuteClinic and OhioHealth will collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the services provided by each organization. OhioHealth will accept patients who need a level of care that is not provided at MinuteClinic.

MinuteClinic and OhioHealth also will begin integrating their electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual’s care.

"We view this as an extension of the continuum of care we offer in our hospitals, urgent care centers, primary care offices, emergency departments and more than 20 community-based outpatient centers," said Bob Gilbert, senior operations officer at OhioHealth Neighborhood Care. "This affiliation enables OhioHealth to increase the community’s access to our high-quality care and trusted team of medical professionals — providing another way to connect patients to our services."

With patient consent, MinuteClinic will share medical history and visit summaries with other OhioHealth and MinuteClinic locations in the region. In the meantime, MinuteClinic stated that it will continue its standard practice of sending visit summaries via fax or mail to the patient’s primary care physician, typically within 24 hours. This reporting is not always possible, however, as not all MinuteClinic patients have a primary care physician.

"More than 50% of patients seen at MinuteClinic locations in Columbus do not have an established primary care relationship," OhioHealth SVP and chief medical officer Bruce Vanderhoff said. "Together, OhioHealth and MinuteClinic are committed to helping these patients re-engage with traditional primary care physicians."

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Health 2.0, Walgreens announce health guide challenge

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Health 2.0 and Walgreens on Thursday announced the launch of the Walgreens 2011 Challenge: A New Approach to Patient Information Navigation, which invites teams of developers to create an application that presents aggregated U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data on specific health topics.

The challenge is being sponsored by Walgreens, as part of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge, as a way to supply both Walgreens healthcare staff and patients with a tool for searching and learning about health-related topics, the companies stated.

Submissions are due Aug. 15 and must utilize the iPad or another tablet platform. Submissions also must include a supported Web service and use at least three or more HHS data stores, including — but not limited to — Health Information Updates, Hospital Compare, Elder Care Locator and Blue Button.

The first-place winner will receive $25,000, an opportunity to spend an hour with Walgreens chief information officer Tim Theriault and two free passes to the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco from Sept. 25 to 27, where the winner will present during a session focused on the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge. Second prize will receive $5,000 and third prize will receive $3,000.

Learn more details about this specific challenge here.

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