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Take Care Clinics affiliates with Indiana health network
January 30th, 2013
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Take Care Health Systems has formed a clinical affiliation with Community Health Network in central Indiana.
The Walgreen Co. retail health clinic subsidiary said Wednesday that the collaboration will provide coordination of care for Community Health patients with Take Care Clinic providers for acute, chronic and diagnostic services. There will also be direct communication between Community Health doctors and Take Care Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient information.
The clinical collaboration includes Take Care Clinics in Warren Township and Washington Township in Indianapolis, downtown Indianapolis, Lawrence Township in Lawrence, and Clay Township in Carmel. Community Health and Take Care will inform their patients about each other's services.
"With its ambulatory footprint and position as one of the most highly integrated health care providers in central Indiana, Community Health Network shares our objectives to improve access and overall health, while also reducing costs for patients, payers and providers," Jeffrey Kang, senior vice president of health and wellness services and solutions at Walgreens, said in a statement. "By developing new and innovative coordinated care programs, Walgreens and Take Care Clinics are helping to bridge critical gaps in care by working closely with others in the medical community, and furthering our mission to help patients get, stay and live well."
Take Care noted that Community Health patients will have greater access to care through its walk-in medical clinics, which offer evening and weekend hours, convenient locations and online appointment scheduling. Overall, there are 14 Take Care Clinics in central Indiana.
"One of our key goals is to improve access and convenience to Community's patients and our partner's patients," stated Tim Hobbs, chief physician executive at Community Health Network. "We have a growing ambulatory delivery system and employer health network. Our physicians and leadership are very committed to that and have been impressed with Walgreens' desire to do the same. Through this relationship, we are bringing new thinking to local health care delivery and helping ensure that patients are receiving the best care at the best location."
Hobbs added, "This type of collaborative approach leverages the unique capabilities of both parties and represents the direction that health care is moving."
Also under the agreement, Walgreens and Community Health are exploring opportunities to share electronic medical records, with the goal of eventually having shared patients' records fully integrated with Community CareConnect, the electronic medical records technology platform owned by Community Health Network. This could also include patients being able to schedule appointments online at Community Health Network physician offices, Take Care Clinics, MedCheck locations and imaging sites.
Community Health Network has more than 200 sites of care and affiliates in central Indiana, including eight hospitals and network of over 2,000 doctors.
"We began a relationship with Walgreens two years ago to explore ways to increase patient adherence to prescribed medications, and we developed a pilot program," stated Kyle Fisher, chief strategic development officer at Community Health Network. "Through this program, we discovered our organizations share a dedicated focus on innovation, customer service and high-quality patient care. We look forward to enhancing our relationship to find other unique ways to improve the patient experience."
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