This is an effort to try and help keep down re-admissions for one and the pharmacy is located on the hospital campus.  It is not one of the retail clinics that Walgreens has all over the country but rather a unique drug store.  As you can read pharmacists by law were given more authority with patient care.  A while back, the medical records system used by Walgreens retail clinics is now made available to all drug stores too so no world if the pharmacists are going to create a medical record for the patient as used at the retail clinics, although the article does say the pharmacists will be putting together medication information the patients can take to their doctors.  Greenway is the EMR used at the retail clinics. 

Walgreens Expands Take Care EHR Medical Records to be Available at All Drug Store Locations for Reference–Not For Me I’d Rather Use My PHR And Choose What I Want To Share…

We all know too that Walgreens makes between $1 to $2 billion a year selling data, so there’s the other side of this.  I make sure I turn my location service on my phone off anymore when visiting either a Walgreens or CVS store.  I don’t want their ads and don’t want to give away anymore profile data than I have to. 

Not To Be Outdone by Walgreens In the Data Selling Business, CVS Pushing a New “My Weekly Ad”, Former White House Healthcare Czar Nancy DeParle Now Sits On Their Board, Discloses Award of 562 Shares..
Walgreens Cashing in Big In the Data Selling Epidemic Arena–Incentives Connected to Apps and Devices That Sell, Re-Query and Re-Sell Our Data And Data Profiles

Must not be enough potential business though to put a full on retail clinic here perhaps?  In addition we have this predictive model worked by United Healthcare with some Walgreen locations that want to predict when you are going to become a diabetic or are on the borderline…this provides pay for performance benefits for Walgreen pharmacists.  BD

United Healthcare Expanding Diabetes Prevention & Predictive Algorithm Program With Walgreens And Pay for Performance Incentives In Atlanta

Newswise — UC San Francisco and Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) have opened a unique Walgreens store today on the UCSF campus that aims to improve medication safety, decrease health care costs and help patients use medicines more effectively by offering pharmacist-based patient care and expanded health and wellness services to the community. A joint effort among Walgreens, the UCSF School of Pharmacy and UCSF Medical Center, “Walgreens at UCSF” will also explore new models for improving overall patient care.

“Walgreens at UCSF is an ideal environment for our pharmacists to work with UCSF Medical Center and School of Pharmacy faculty to further innovate in health care while providing greater access to services for the surrounding community,” said Joel Wright, Walgreens divisional vice president, specialty solutions group. “At Walgreens, we are very pleased to share and develop best practices with UCSF pharmacists and pharmacy students, which further our commitment to help people get, stay and live well.” Walgreens at UCSF, located across the street from UCSF Medical Center, is one of Walgreens “Well Experience” stores, which offer expanded health services and are designed to foster increased patient-pharmacist interaction. With an expanded pharmacy including multiple areas for private consultations, Walgreens and UCSF pharmacists and UCSF pharmacy students are more accessible to community members and patients.

Core clinical health services include medication counseling by a pharmacist as the standard of care and comprehensive medication reviews for customers who receive prescriptions. Pharmacists will work with patients to create and update accurate, portable medication lists to take to their appointments with medical providers. This approach can help decrease drug-drug interactions and encourage patient medication adherence.

The new pharmacy model also comes on the heels of the California provider status law based on Senate Bill 493, which took effect Jan. 1, 2014, expanding the role of pharmacists on the patient care team. Under the new bill, pharmacists can perform additional healthcare responsibilities within the realm of their expertise, such as furnishing certain medicines, monitoring patient health and adjusting prescriptions, as needed.


Post a Comment