Cleveland Clinic and MinuteClinic have struck a deal in which the 2 organizations will integrate their EMR systems to facilitate communication regarding all aspects of care.
It’s for the benefit of the people, they say.
MinuteClinic, a subsidiary of CVS Caremark, has 500 clinics in 25 states making it the nation’s largest provider of retail healthcare. Cleveland Clinic is Cleveland Clinic.
As part of the collaboration, certified providers at affiliated MinuteClinic outlets will be able to access the Cleveland Clinic’s home grown MyChart EMR if necessary while treating a walk-in.
This means the MinuteClinic provider can access the client’s past medical history, health maintenance record, prescriptions and treatments, among other things…assuming patient consent of course.
And conversely, participating MinuteClinics will upload visit information into MyChart.
That’s closed-loop clinico-electronic integration across the spectrum of care, baby!
Or as Cleveland Clinic’s David Bronson explained to HealthCareITNews, “consumers want access, affordability and coordinated care at all levels. This collaboration…addresses those needs while providing quality medical care for acute minor illnesses.”
By the end of this year, 9 MinuteClinics will be wired into the program.
These facilities will be staffed by a nurse practitioner employed by MinuteClinic with clinical back-up courtesy of a Cleveland Clinic-appointed medical director.
“We are pleased to be working with one of the leading medical institutions in the United States,” Chip Phillips, MinuteClinic’s president understated.
“We look forward to collaborating with Cleveland Clinic on a range of patient education and preventive services.”