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Walgreen clinics to use data analytics, patient-assessment tools

By Andis Robeznieks
Posted: January 31, 2014 - 1:15 pm ET

Health information technology tools providing patient assessment and “individual predictive analytics” at the point of care will be available at more than 400 of the approximately 750 retail clinics operating inside Walgreen Co. stores, the Deerfield, Ill.-based retail pharmacy chain announced.

Walgreen will be using systems developed by Bowie, Md.-based Inovalon, a technology company that recently made news with a study analyzing the link between Medicare Advantage plan performance and the socio-economic status, demographics and severity of illness of subscribers.

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In a news release, Walgreen touted how the use of Inovalon analytics at its Healthcare Clinics (formerly known as Take Care Clinics) will help health plans, accountable care organizations and integrated healthcare delivery organizations improve quality outcomes and risk-score accuracy.

“We continue to expand the scope of services, capabilities and footprint at Healthcare Clinics,” Heather Helle, Healthcare Clinic divisional vice president, said in the release. “These types of innovative solutions enable our nurse practitioners and physician assistants to play an increasingly important role as part of a patient's care team.”

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