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RelayHealth certified to promote use of electronic health information systems in Minnesota

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — RelayHealth Clinical Connectivity on Thursday announced that it has been certified to operate as a Health Data Intermediary in the state of Minnesota. In this role, RelayHealth will support Minnesota's 2015 Interoperable Electronic Health Record Mandate, a law created to promote the use of electronic health information systems, which can play a significant role in transforming healthcare systems and creating healthier communities.
 
Designed to connect information, patients and healthcare providers in highly complex environments, RelayHealth's solutions offer the privacy, security and interoperability necessary to help providers meet the requirements of the law. The solutions will also help patients become more engaged in their own care and facilitate care collaboration on the patients' behalf across healthcare settings.
 
Development of the 2015 Mandate was encouraged by many healthcare providers across the state. It requires any providers to connect and share clinical data. The vendor evaluation process includes an assessment of a company's technology, skill in working with healthcare organizations and overall standing as an organization.
 
 
"Our clinical connectivity solutions use a cloud-based model that brings together patient information across the health system's many points of care, enabling us to help hospitals and health systems provide their patients with even greater access to their personal health data," said Ken Tarkoff, SVP and general manager of RelayHealth Clinical Connectivity. "Our solutions also are unique in that they leverage an organization's IT investment through building interoperability between existing electronic health record systems. For providers and clinicians, this means the ability to easily share patient information and better coordinate care," he said. "We could not be more excited to help Minnesota healthcare providers drive true information exchange. This should make a real difference for patients across the state."
 
With 15 years of experience providing clinical connectivity, RelayHealth is positioned to help health systems and hospitals build a foundation of connectivity to support both short-term objectives and long-term strategies. RelayHealth's patient-centric solutions enable patients to have full access to state Health Information Exchange information instead of interacting only through an opt-in/opt-out form at their doctor's office.
 
Health systems and hospitals across the country continue to acquire technology solutions to connect fragmented environments, engage networks of physicians and patients and drive technology adoption in their communities. RelayHealth is a key contributor to that movement and has experienced record growth. Its patient and physician network has expanded nearly 220% over the past three years as more providers across the country have acquired and used its portfolio of solutions.
 
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Walgreens opens specialty pharmacy location in Omaha, Neb.

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens earlier this week opened its first Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy in the Omaha, Neb. market. 
 
The new pharmacy will support the needs of patients with complex conditions, including HIV, hepatitis C, transplant and cystic fibrosis, Walgreens stated. 
 
Walgreens is actively growing its presence in specialty. "We also are capturing share in the fast growing specialty market by improving and integrating care for patients with complex chronic disease states across our enterprise," Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO, told investors during Walgreens last quarterly conference call. "By the end of the fiscal year [2014], we now have access to more than 100 limited distribution drugs by manufacturers reflecting their growing desire to work with our unique specialty network of health system pharmacies, complex therapy pharmacies and fusion pharmacies, and our specialty at retail offering."
 
 
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DSN Women Leaders 2014: Jody Pinson, Walmart U.S.

BY Antoinette Alexander

Jody Pinson started her career with Walmart 24 years ago. Her father was in the retail industry as well. So, you could say it’s in her blood.

Pinson’s journey began as a cashier at Sam’s Club while she was in college, and today she serves as VP of beauty for Walmart U.S., with responsibilities that include developing merchandising strategies, managing supplier relationships and maintaining operational alignment for more than 4,000 stores, and managing a team of six buyers. 

The beauty universe and retail landscape are constantly evolving, but one of the biggest and newest projects to hit Pinson’s desk is the recent launch of the Walmart Beauty Box, a seasonal collection of sample-sized products that customers can receive by paying only the $5 shipping fee.

Clearly, Pinson plays a vital role within Walmart’s beauty business, but with strong values and the right work-life balance, Pinson has shown that one can, as they say, have it all. 

“In my opinion, the key to finding the right balance is understanding what works for me and my family, which will be different for everyone,” Pinson told DSN. “I love to wake up my kids in the morning and get their day started with a hug and kiss. I’m also lucky to have a true partner in my husband, Greg. He’s supportive of my career and understanding when I have to travel or work later than planned. One of the greatest compliments he’s given me is for being present in the moment when I’m at home.”

 What’s the secret to her success? Pinson admits that she has a curious spirit and a fierce competitive streak — she loves to win — but she’s quick to give credit to the many mentors she’s encountered throughout her career.

“Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work with a great store operator, Gary Rains, [who] taught me how to be an operator. He also taught me how to challenge people to reach their full potential [and to] believe in others. I still try to walk the stores with him once a year, and I’m still learning from him. In merchandising, I worked for Theresa Barrera-Shaw. The most important lesson she’s taught me is that perceptions are people’s reality. If it’s not the perception I wanted, work to change it! Don’t complain, and be a problem solver. It’s in your control,” Pinson said.

“[And] John Westling Sr. was very instrumental in my career development. He was a great teacher about the Walmart culture, the everyday low price strategy and P&L management.” 

To view the full DSN Women Leaders 2014 report, click here.

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