WellSpan Health announces clinical collaboration with CVS Health
Through the clinical affiliation, WellSpan Health providers will receive CVS Pharmacy prescription and MinuteClinic visit information by enabling communication between secured electronic health record (EHR) systems, which will help enhance clinical care for patients. In addition, WellSpan and CVS Health plan to conduct and promote community health and wellness programs, including at its area retail locations.
"We are pleased to work with CVS Health, including their local CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations, to enhance access to patient care, improve health outcomes and lower health care costs for our friends and neighbors,” said Charles H. Chodroff, M.D., senior vice president for population health and chief clinical officer for WellSpan Health. "This collaboration agreement is part of our ongoing commitment to delivering higher value to consumers and improving the health of our community.”
Under the agreement, CVS Health, through CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic providers, will electronically share pharmacy and medical clinic visit information with the patient’s primary care physician with patient consent and when they are part of WellSpan’s clinically integrated network of physicians and clinicians, called the WellSpan Provider Network. WellSpan and CVS Health providers will work collaboratively to coordinate patient care and medication needs – particularly for those patients who have chronic conditions.
“The work between CVS Health and WellSpan will help to enhance access to patient care, improve health outcomes and lower health care costs in central Pennsylvania,” said Robert Brooks, senior vice president of Health System Alliances, CVS Health. “Together, we’re working to optimize patient information sharing, which can aid in health care decision making and in addition, also support important population health initiatives that can help patients better manage chronic diseases.”
WellSpan and CVS Health also plan to develop community health outreach programs and collaborate on a variety of wellness initiatives, including cancer screenings, blood pressure screenings and immunization awareness campaigns.
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of more than 1,600 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, approximately 20,000 employees, and more than 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. Visit WellSpan.org.