Walgreens’ Retail Clinics to Ramp Up with Epic EHR
To enhance care coordination and support long-term growth of its retail clinic business, Walgreens will install Epic’s electronic health record platform across its more than 400 retail healthcare clinics.
Starting in early 2016, the EpicCare system will replace Walgreens’ internally developed, proprietary EHR system. Industry observers see the investment in Epic as an attempt to better compete with CVS MinuteClinics, which transitioned to Epic last year. CVS now operates more than 1,000 clinics nationwide.
As the largest and fastest growing retail clinic operator in the U.S., CVS has more than two-and-a-half times the number of MinuteClinics compared to Walgreens’ Healthcare Clinics. But by transitioning to Epic, these retail clinics will “enable more seamless communication with health systems and local providers,” as well as provide Walgreens with “enhanced capabilities to deliver better health outcomes through greater care coordination and interoperability,” company executives say.
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