Walgreens Take Care Health Systems and Community Health Network Announce Clinical Collaboration Agreement
Relationship creates Central Indiana's first fully integrated and coordinated clinical care programbetween preeminent health care system and retail clinic provider
DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Walgreens (NYS: WAG) (NAS: WAG) subsidiary Take Care Health Systems and Indianapolis-based Community Health Network today announced a clinical collaboration that will facilitate more coordinated health care services, and improve patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care throughout Central Indiana. Components of the agreement will include:
Greater access to care with Take Care Clinics offering evening and weekend hours, convenient locations and online appointment scheduling
Coordination of care for Community Health Network patients with Take Care Clinic providers for acute, chronic and diagnostic services
Direct communication between Community Health Network physicians and Take Care Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient information
Sharing of information regarding Community Health Network services with Take Care Clinic patients; and informing Community patients about Take Care Clinic services, including routine screening, monitoring, immunizations, and clinic locations and hours
"With its ambulatory footprint and position as one of the most highly integrated health care providers in Central Indiana, Community Health Network shares our objectives to improve access and overall health, while also reducing costs for patients, payers and providers," said Jeffrey Kang, M.D., M.P.H., Walgreens senior vice president of health and wellness services and solutions. "By developing new and innovative coordinated care programs, Walgreens and Take Care Clinics are helping to bridge critical gaps in care by working closely with others in the medical community, and furthering our mission to help patients get, stay and live well."
Community Health Network has more than 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, including eight hospitals and network of over 2,000 credentialed physicians. There are 14 Take Care Clinics in Central Indiana.
Under the agreement, Walgreens and Community Health Network are also exploring opportunities to share electronic medical records, with the goal of eventually having shared patients' records fully integrated with Community CareConnect, the patient-centric, electronic medical records technology platform owned by Community Health Network. This level of coordination could also include patients being able to schedule appointments online at Community Health Network physician offices, Take Care Clinics, MedCheck locations and imaging sites.
"One of our key goals is to improve access and convenience to Community's patients and our partner's patients," said Tim Hobbs, M.D., chief physician executive at Community Health Network. "We have a growing ambulatory delivery system and employer health network. Our physicians and leadership are very committed to that and have been impressed with Walgreens desire to do the same. Through this relationship, we are bringing new thinking to local health care delivery and helping ensure that patients are receiving the best care at the best location." Hobbs went on to say, "This type of collaborative approach leverages the unique capabilities of both parties and represents the direction that health care is moving."
"We began a relationship with Walgreens two years ago to explore ways to increase patient adherence to prescribed medications and we developed a pilot program," said Kyle Fisher, chief strategic development officer at Community Health Network. "Through this program, we discovered our organizations share a dedicated focus on innovation, customer service and high-quality patient care. We look forward to enhancing our relationship to find other unique ways to improve the patient experience."
The clinical collaboration includes Take Care Clinic locations in Warren Township and Washington Township in Indianapolis; Downtown Indianapolis; Lawrence Township in Lawrence; and Clay Township in Carmel.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America's first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,061 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.
About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation's most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana's leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor's offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community's full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.
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