MinuteClinic forms clinical collaboration with UCLA Health System
WOONSOCKET, R.I., and LOS ANGELES — MinuteClinic has entered into a clinical affiliation with the UCLA Health System to enhance patient access to high-quality, affordable healthcare services in Los Angeles County.
Under the agreement, UCLA Health System physicians will serve as medical directors for 11 MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics open seven days a week inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Los Angeles County, and the clinics will boast signage to inform patients that the site has a clinical affiliation at UCLA. As part of the partnership, MinuteClinic and UCLA Health System will collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the services each offer. In addition, MinuteClinic said UCLA Health System will provide care to patients who need a level of care that is not provided among MinuteClinic standard services.
MinuteClinic and UCLA Health System also said it will begin to work toward fully integrating electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual’s care. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with other UCLA Health System locations. 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, the retail clinic operator noted.
"UCLA’s international reputation for clinical quality and nearly 60 years of experience in serving the residents of Los Angeles County at the highest level of patient satisfaction were important factors in our decision to affiliate," said Andrew Sussman, MinuteClinic president and SVP/associate chief medical officer for CVS Caremark. "We look forward to having UCLA physicians collaborate with our practitioners to provide quality oversight, teaching and back-up so we can provide the best care at the lowest overall cost."
No appointments are required at MinuteClinic and most health insurance is accepted. Clinics in Los Angeles County are open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Burbank clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays); Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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J&J unit launches medication adherence app
SAN DIEGO — A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has launched a mobile medication adherence application that it said can be used for any prescription or over-the-counter medication or supplement.
Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a unit of Janssen Research & Development announced Wednesday the launch of Care4Today Mobile Adherence, a secure messaging platform available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices, among others.
"Janssen Healthcare Innovation is developing products and services to transform the patient experience and promote better health outcomes," Janssen Healthcare Innovation head Diego Miralles said. "We have identified improving medication adherence as one of our key initiatives."
Features of the app include password protection; secure, two-way messaging; disassociation of a user’s identity with his or her medication adherence data, including no access for Janssen to user identities; and customizable message reminders.
How is this going to work if a client gets the same medication in various O-T-C products?
CRN annual meeting to incorporate crisis-management workshop
WASHINGTON — Crisis-management expert Brian Ellis, EVP CRT/tanaka, will lead an interactive breakout session at The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium on Dietary Supplements, the Council for Responsible Nutrition announced Tuesday.
The session will encourage participants to engage in a simulated, real-world crisis scenario that would put a company’s reputation, profitability and future into jeopardy. Participants will immerse themselves in a realistic, virtual crisis situation focused specifically on an issue related to the dietary supplement industry.
The unique session, developed exclusively for this year’s annual conference, will teach participants first-hand what is involved in developing a crisis communications plan and managing the plan in real time, taking into account the importance of employee, external stakeholder and media communications; quick response time; and reputation management.
“When your company is in a crisis situation, whether it’s a hurricane shutting down your plant or [a Food and Drug Administration] product recall, you need to move at lightning speed, and having a game plan in place ahead of time will make it easier for you to do that,” stated Judy Blatman, SVP communications at CRN. “This session will be a lot more fun than handling an actual crisis, but it will also get you thinking in a serious way.”
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