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Medco and Google Keep Information and Patients Safe with Personal Prescription Records
Date:4/6/2009

harmacy partners give more than 100 million people access to their prescription history online. There is no cost for the service, which is completely voluntary. Prescription history can be updated quickly to Google Health with a few clicks and people using the product will be alerted to any potential drug interactions with other medications, diseases or allergies. When members incorporate their own information into Google Health about their medical conditions and the use of any herbal supplements, vitamins or over-the-counter medications, health care professionals can make better informed decisions.

"Getting access to a comprehensive list of medications is important for improved patient safety and reducing medical errors," said Sameer Samat, Product Director, Google Health. "Working with Medco, one of the nation's leading pharmacy benefit managers, empowers our users to get electronic copies of their complete medication history, including all prescriptions filled at their local drugs store or through their mail-order benefit, and save it to one central place online."

Personal Health Records are seen as an important part of improving efficiency in health care and also reducing preventable medical errors, which kill tens of thousands of patients annually. A pharmacy history is not only important from a safety perspective, but it also serves to help manage chronic conditions. A clinician can review what sort of progress is being made to control cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic conditions that affect millions of Americans. Insights can be gained from these records about whether a treatment regimen is effective or whether a new approach is needed.

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