CVS MinuteClinics Switch to Epic

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CVS' retail clinic chain, MinuteClinic, has announced it will switch from its proprietary electronic health record system to Epic.

The switch will allow MinuteClinics across the country to better exchange patient information with local hospitals and physicians, as well as make use of Epic's data analytics and population health capabilities.

"We've reached a point in the evolution of our clinical practice where a more advanced EHR that facilitates more immediate information sharing with other healthcare providers is needed," said Andrew Sussman, MD, president, MinuteClinic and senior vice president/associate CMO of CVS Caremark Corporation, in a news release.

"MinuteClinic is expanding sites and services, having added over 350 clinics in the past three years. As we continue on our path of rapid growth to reach 1,500 clinics by 2017, EpicCare will take us to the next level by offering enhanced connectivity with other providers, more advanced patient portal capabilities and key analytics to run our practice more efficiently and improve patient care," he said.

In 18 months, when the MinuteClinic transition is complete, an estimated 51 percent of the U.S. population will have an Epic medical record, according to the news release.

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