Walgreen Co. plans to offer pharmacy customers online access to their prescription drug histories through Microsoft's HealthVault platform.


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Walgreens enlists HealthVault for online Rx histories

June 4th, 2009

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. plans to offer pharmacy customers online access to their prescription drug histories through Microsoft's HealthVault platform.

Plans call for Walgreens to begin offering the service later this year.

A Web-based platform, HealthVault enables users to gather, store and share health information. Besides prescription information, people can use HealthVault to store copies of their health records (from other providers, insurance plans, government or employers); upload information from health and fitness devices; and share information with health care providers and trainers.

Registered Walgreens.com users already can access their  prescription histories for refills, tax purposes or personal use, the drug chain said. Patients who enroll in the new service will be able to securely add their Walgreens prescription histories to HealthVault, and the information will be automatically updated daily. Users will then be able to share their most up-to-date health information with their providers, helping them to get the most benefit from their drug therapy, according to Walgreens.

"While many patients are already using Walgreens' online pharmacy to access their prescription history, they don't always provide that information to their doctors,” Don Huonker, senior vice president of health care innovation at Walgreens, said in a statement. “This service will make it easier for patients to share their information with multiple health care providers and even their caretakers, who can also be granted access to a patient’s account with their permission.”

In addition, HealthVault will allow parents to track their children’s medical histories as well as those of older relatives under their care.

“We will enable consumers to make informed choices regarding their health and the health of their families by putting them in control of their health information,” comments David Cerino, general manager of consumer health for Microsoft's Health Solutions Group. “Providing consumers with the tools to track and share their prescription histories is critical to delivering on the promise of connecting and improving health care.”

Walgreens rival CVS Caremark Corp. rolled out the HealthVault service to its customers late last year.
 

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