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Date:4/6/2009

'You Can Take it With You': Portable health record sticks around as you change doctors and other health care providers

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- While the government strives to deliver electronic health records for all Americans by 2014 - Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) and Google Health(TM) are working on that promise today. The companies' collaboration enables Medco's more than 60 million members to construct their own online personal health record (PHR), effectively creating a secure and private place for their health information to be stored.

Those members who choose to create a Google Health profile -- which can contain both pharmacy and medical record data -- and authorize Medco to transfer their prescription information into the profile, can then use it to share their information with physicians or other health care providers to ensure those providers are working with the most current and accurate information. And when physicians and health care providers have easy access to a member's complete and accurate pharmacy information, it can help prevent serious medication hazards, especially in an emergency situation. Having this information stored electronically via Google Health is also useful when a member adds or changes health care providers.

"Health IT is the foundation for improving care and lowering costs. Our collaboration with Google puts patients in control - empowering their physicians, pharmacists and other care-givers with actionable, comprehensive and current information," said John Driscoll, President, New Markets, Medco. "Storing all your health information, including medications, in a portable format is critical to ensure consistent care, even if you change physicians, addresses, employers or benefit plans."

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