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CVS Health announces two new clinical affiliations

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced on Tuesday it has entered into new clinical affiliations with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., and its accountable care organization, Arizona Connected Care.

Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating providers through the integration of electronic health record systems, which will help enhance clinical care for patients served by these affiliates. In addition, patients will continue to have access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health.

"In this era of health care reform, we are pleased to work with these health care providers to develop collaborative programs that enhance access to patient care, improve health outcomes and lower health care costs in the communities they serve," stated Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer, CVS Health. "By integrating our electronic health records and information systems, we will collectively have a more comprehensive view of our patients, which can aid in health care decision making and help ensure patients adhere to important medications for chronic diseases."

Healthcare providers at the participating affiliates will receive data on interventions conducted by CVS pharmacists to improve medication adherence for their patients. The affiliation also encourages collaboration between the health care providers and MinuteClinic providers to improve coordination of care for patients seen at MinuteClinic locations. Physicians affiliated with the participating medical centers will collaborate with MinuteClinic nurse practitioners to work closely on joint clinical programs and care coordination activities. If more comprehensive care is needed, patients can follow up with their primary care provider and have access to the services at the medical center as appropriate. For those patients who do not have regular access to health care, MinuteClinic provides information to help patients in finding a primary care physician.

MinuteClinic, CVS/pharmacy and the participating medical centers will begin to work toward integrating EHR systems to streamline and enhance communication. This integration will include the electronic sharing of messages and alerts from CVS/pharmacy to the affiliates' physicians regarding medication non-adherence issues. In addition, MinuteClinic will electronically share patient visit summaries with the patient's primary care physician when they are part of a clinical affiliation and with the patient's consent. MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice of sending patient visit summaries to primary care providers who are not affiliated with one of these participating groups via fax or mail, with patient consent.
 
These new clinical affiliations bring the total number of health system and health care provider affiliations for CVS Health and MinuteClinic to more than 50 major health systems and healthcare providers across the country.
 

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Study: Mobile holiday traffic peaked Thanksgiving, hit low Cyber Monday

BY Dan Berthiaume

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Mobile traffic during the 2014 holiday season peaked on Thanksgiving (50% of online traffic) and hit a low point on Cyber Monday (30% of online traffic). According to the 2014 Online Holiday Shopping Trends and Traffic report from e-commerce solutions provider Akamai Technologies, Cyber Monday still proved to be the most popular shopping day of the season, with overall retail traffic peaking at almost 13 million page views per minute (V/PM).
 
This new high peak of page views per minute represents a 16% increase year-over-year from the 2013 holiday season record of 11.2 million page views per minute.
 
Other highlights from the report include:
 
• The Monday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) saw the fourth highest peak page views per minute – and a 100% year-over-year uptick in activity – suggesting that many consumers are browsing and shopping well before the usual popular shopping days.
 
• Most average peak browsing times shifted from 1 p.m. ET in 2013 to 9 p.m. ET in 2014. This may represent a move away from the lunchtime desktop searches to the adoption and use of smaller or more mobile screens for browsing in the evening.
 
 
In addition, Akamai saw the following retail security trends on Black Friday:
 
• During the 2014 holiday season, volumetric attacks decreased while application layer attacks increased.
 
• There was a 12% increase in the number of proxy addresses in use on Black Friday 2014, potentially pointing to more malicious attackers' attempts to hide among volumes of legitimate U.S.-based shoppers.
 
• Black Friday saw more than 2.5 times the normal number of Web application firewall (WAF) triggers, as measured against the 24-hour periods on the previous four Fridays.
 
• The most common attack vectors were cross site scripting and SQL injections.
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Coming soon to Sam’s Club: 3-D printers

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Home Depot had it first, but now MakerBot is coming to an even wider mass market arena as the 3-D printer rolls out at more than 300 Sam's Club locations in the United States.
 
“I truly believe that having the opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand is a big step towards a better understanding of the technology,” said Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. “By expanding our retail presence into Sam’s Club, we’re providing opportunities to reach professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners and show them the power of 3-D printing. Offering MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers in retail stores exposes potential users to 3-D printing technology and provides them an opportunity to understand the benefits of 3-D printing today. We’ve made a conscious effort this past year to expand accessibility to MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers by working with key retailers like Sam’s Club.”
 
According to Alfano, bringing MakerBot printers into the mainstream offers a user-friendly way for the average consumer to leverage 3-D printing technology and avail himself of the related software, apps, MakerBot Learning, lectures, classes and parts and support offered through the company's MakerCare program.
 
“We strive to provide our members with access to the latest technology, at a great value," said SVP technology Dawn VonBechmann. "Offering the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem is just one example of delivering on that commitment. Our members have shown interest in 3-D printing, both from a professional and small business aspect. Any member with a natural interest in creating things will be excited to learn more about this amazing technology.”
 
Home Depot initially started selling the printers in its retail stores last summer, which it introduced in select markets like Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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