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CVS Caremark's MinuteClinic and Allina Hospitals & Clinics Form Strategic Partnership
Date:10/29/2009

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Under the agreement, Allina and MinuteClinic will collaborate on aligning their clinical care operations, including medical oversight and informing patients of each parties' services. In addition, as part of the collaboration, Allina and MinuteClinic will develop interfaces between their electronic medical records (EMR) systems to streamline communication around all aspects of a patient's care. Allina and MinuteClinic will also explore the development of new services in the market.

Allina Hospitals & Clinics is the largest integrated health care delivery system in Minnesota. Allina offers a full range of primary and specialty care services including technically advanced inpatient and outpatient care, 24-hour emergency care, medical transportation, pharmacy, and home & community services. Through its award-winning electronic medical record (EMR) system, Allina provides coordinated care in 11 hospitals and more than 90 clinics. Allina is transforming health care with the EMR by providing patients with seamless, coordinated and more informed care and improved patient safety. MyChart, an Internet tool, enables patients to securely access portions of their medical records, get lab results, schedule appointments online and more.

MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and are trained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, MMR, and Hepatitis A & B are available at all locations. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help consumers identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings for diabetes, hypertension and obesity. No appointments are required a
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