WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is making an online health tool developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) available via the CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic websites.
Called myhealthfinder, the tool provides recommendations from government-recognized clinical experts for preventive care services — many available at MinuteClinic and CVS/pharmacy — based on patients’ age and gender. CVS noted that it is the first national partner to work with HHS to take advantage of the department’s technology tools, developed by its Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
“We are pleased to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to give people easy access to more information about the preventive services clinically recommended for them,” stated MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman, who is also executive vice president and associate chief medical officer at CVS Health. “Many of these recommended preventive services are conveniently delivered at MinuteClinic, where we can coordinate with a patient’s primary care physician, and many preventive services are covered by health insurance.”
About 137 million Americans have private insurance coverage of preventive services without having to pay a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible, according to HHS.
“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CVS Health are working together to put lifesaving information about preventive services into the hands of millions of consumers where they are already looking for it — on CVS Health’s MinuteClinic.com and CVS.com/myhealthfinder websites,” commented Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology and acting assistant secretary for health at HHS. “This tool supports physicians and the care team and is an easy way to help people understand the recommended preventive services that are often available to them at no out-of-pocket cost, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.”