CVS to rollout Epic for chronic care management

CVS has tapped Epic Systems as the electronic health record system for CVS Specialty's care management programs for complex and chronic conditions, the company announced on March 3.

CVS launched Epic at its MinuteClinic locations in 2015. This rollout will expand its reach, officials said, help improve care coordination and clinical processes for CVS subsidiaries such as Accordant, which provides services for patients with rare diseases.

"As the specialty pharmacy of choice for many payors and patients, we are focused on creating the most clinically advanced specialty pharmacy experience to help improve care and outcomes for our patients," said Alan Lotvin, MD, executive vice president of CVS Specialty, in a statement.

"We are pleased to transition our care management programs onto the Epic platform, which will enable immediate information sharing with other health care providers across the patient's entire care team," he said. "This connectivity is integral in providing the best possible coordinated health."

CVS Specialty delivers advanced clinical services for patients needing care for rare or complex conditions – including therapy management, dispensing and infusion services and counseling to help ensure appropriate and safe medication use and achieve positive health outcomes.

Eligible patients get assistance with benefits verification, coordination with multiple providers, comprehensive patient education and adherence management help.

Epic will support these programs by enabling connectivity with providers nationwide currently using the platform.

"By transitioning to the Epic EHR, we can further coordinate care across health care disciplines and settings, which promotes more effective and informed health care decision making," said Trip Hofer, president of Accordant.