BETHLEHEM TWP, Pa. (7/30/2015) — St. Luke’s University Health Network has entered into an agreement with CVS Health to enhance patient care and community wellness in the region. The affiliation allows for the clinical collaboration with CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic, the retail clinic inside many CVS/pharmacy locations.
To help patients coordinate care between physicians and pharmacy care services, CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic will provide St. Luke’s with prescription and visit information through secured integration of electronic health records (EHR) with the patient’s consent. The affiliation with CVS Health aims to ultimately improve patient adherence to their medications and patient health outcomes through better coordination of care.
“Prescription management can be a challenge for many patients – especially those with chronic diseases and who may be prescribed multiple medications,” said Jeffrey A. Jahre, MD, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, St. Luke’s University Heath Network. “There are many common conditions where a single missed dose may negatively affect patients. Among these are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, clotting disorders or asthma. Overall, patients fare much better when medications are taken as directed, and now we’ll have better insight on whether or not a patient is taking their medications as prescribed.”
As patient’s preferences for where and how they seek health care continue to evolve, St. Luke’s will continue to identify opportunities to ensure that high-quality, cost-effective care is well coordinated, regardless of where it is delivered. This commitment will ultimately result in a healthier community.
About St. Luke’s University Health Network
St. Luke’s is comprised of six hospitals, including St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem, St. Luke’s Allentown Campus, St. Luke’s Anderson Campus (Bethlehem Township), St. Luke’s Miners Campus (Coaldale), St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus, all in Pennsylvania, and St. Luke’s Warren Campus in Phillipsburg, NJ. St. Luke’s Hospital-Monroe Campus will be the seventh hospital in St. Luke’s University Health Network and will be located in Bartonsville, PA.
St. Luke’s University Health Network is a nonprofit, regional, fully integrated, nationally recognized Network providing services at more than 200 sites in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and also in Warren County, New Jersey.
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Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke’s University Health Network