CVS Health, Epic partner for more informed prescribing

Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health will integrate with Verona, Wis.-based Epic's Healthy Planet population health and analytics platform to help prescribers access better data on prescription drugs.

Epic's platform will help care teams generate insights on dispensing patterns and behaviors around medication adherence, as well as lower drug costs for patients and improve outcomes. Real-time benefit information and facilitated, point-of-prescribing electronic prior authorization will simplify patient access to medications and ensure prescribers are aware of insurance coverage.

"This collaboration with Epic will enable us to continue to drive leading edge technology innovation beyond the pharmacy to the full healthcare system," said Stephen Gold, CIO at CVS Health. "Together, our two companies will also examine opportunities to streamline and improve data sharing and linkages across the health care system to enhance communication and connectivity among patients, their physicians, the pharmacy and health insurers."

The strategic initiative will also explore ways of improving pharmacists' access to clinical information and their contribution to patient care plans, as well as creating a digital-front store to include over-the-counter medication purchases in the patient's EHR.

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