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Privacy framework is set in place by EHR providers

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Dozens of companies and organizations that promote electronic health records have agreed on a framework, released Wednesday by the Markle Foundation, for protecting the privacy of online health records.

The framework includes audit trails so consumers can see who is looking at their records and prevents insurers, employers and others from demanding to see the information. The policies “will enable the market for information to grow while giving consumers control of personal information and protecting their privacy,” said Markle president Zoe Baird, a former Aetna general counsel, in a conference call with reporters. “It gives new entrants to the market practices to follow without having to figure it out for themselves.”

The companies include such technology and health-care companies and organizations as Microsoft, Google, WebMD, Aetna and the American Medical Association.

In the past few months, Google and Microsoft have launched services that allow users to store, manage and share personal health records. Concerns over privacy, however, have previously precluded widespread adoption of electronic records.

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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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