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PureWellness integrates wellness system with EHRs

BY Alaric DeArment

BURLINGTON, Vt. — PureWellness has released continuity of care documents supported by HL7 standards for health information exchange between its online wellness system and CCD-supported electronic health records, the company said.

The new integration allows members and health coaches to synchronize and share lifestyle, behavior and risk information with care providers and their associated data networks. Most EHR systems and the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology have adopted CCD as the standard.

"Members, patients and providers can now share key health and prevention data with other pertinent health information systems," PureWellness president Ken Kaufman said. "This capability advances the coordination of patient-centered care, which plays an important role in controlling healthcare costs and improving health and wellness strategies."


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A chain reaction?

BY Rob Eder

More than one-third of pharmacy patients say that the pharmacist is a very important factor for them when choosing a preferred pharmacy — and 92% of patients say they have a preferred pharmacy, according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August. But when asked which types of pharmacies they believed had the most professional and trained pharmacists, 33% answered traditional drug store chains, such as Walgreens and CVS.

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Forbes Connection releases updated ‘Insider’s Guide’ to industry

BY Rob Eder

NEW YORK — The Forbes Connection has released its newly updated "Insider’s Guide to Retail Success 2012-13."

The comprehensive, 100-page report is organized by front-end categories, including, OTC/health, personal care/beauty, convenience foods/beverages and general merchandise. The Forbes Connection "Insider’s Guide" also provides expert analysis and vital information from a category perspective, on the strategies of the major chain players, including Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Target, Costco, Kroger, Dollar General, as well as the top competitors in each of these channels.

In addition, the new report also offers new insight into consumer buying attitudes, shopping habits and preferences, as well as an analysis of the new buyer-seller dynamic and third-party information "that will translate into strategic supplier action and success in meeting the challenge of change," Forbes Connection president Jay Forbes said.

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