Walgreens Offers Pharmacy Patients Access to Secure Prescription History through Microsoft HealthVault™

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG)(NASDAQ: WAG) pharmacy patients now have the ability to securely download their prescription history from Walgreens.com to a personal Microsoft HealthVault™ record. The new service allows patients the convenience of linking their Walgreens prescription information to other health and medical records for easy management and the ability to share a complete profile with other health care providers. To sign up for the service or for more details, go to www.walgreens.com/healthvault.

walgreens logoWalgreens agreement to join Microsoft HealthVault, a personal health application platform that allows users to store and share their health information, was announced this past summer.

Millions of registered Walgreens.com users are already accessing their prescription history for convenient refills, tax purposes or personal use. Patients who enroll in this new feature will also have daily updates to their prescription data accessible via a personal HealthVault record.

“We’re pleased to be part of the Microsoft HealthVault network,” said Don Huonker, Walgreens senior vice president of health care innovation. “This partnership supports our efforts to promote stronger collaboration among patients and their pharmacists, physicians and other health care providers. Any tool that can help enhance a patient’s interactions with multiple providers stands an excellent chance for improving medical outcomes while lowering health care costs.”

“HealthVault was designed to allow people to engage in and take more control over their health, in partnership with their physicians,” said David Cerino, general manager for the Consumer Health Solutions Group at Microsoft Corp. “This collaboration with Walgreens is especially valuable to people managing multiple medications for themselves or a family member. By combining prescription details with an individual’s broader health history, we are enabling users and their healthcare providers to develop deeper insights that can be used to develop effective ongoing health management plans.”

In order to link prescription data to an individual HealthVault record, Walgreens pharmacy customers must have an authenticated pharmacy account on Walgreens.com. Registered users can then easily enroll with HealthVault directly from the Walgreens Web site.

For information on more convenient, easy-to-use online pharmacy services from Walgreens, visit www.Walgreens.com/pharmacy.

About Walgreens:

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2009 sales of $63 billion. The company operates 7,149 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities). Walgreens Health and Wellness division includes Take Care Health Systems, the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

About Microsoft HealthVault:

Microsoft HealthVault is a personal health application platform designed to put consumers in control of their health information. HealthVault provides a privacy- and security-enhanced foundation on which a broad ecosystem of providers can build innovative health and wellness solutions such as personal health records, disease management, fitness, weight loss and other Web applications. HealthVault can be used to collect and store health information that would otherwise reside in disparate systems and transfer the information between a variety of providers’ health services and systems. It enables the reuse and free flow of interoperable and transportable personal health information. For more information, visit www.HealthVault.com.

Source: Walgreens

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