) and Florida-based Orlando Health, a not for-profit-healthcare
organization, signed a clinical collaboration that will provide
integrated and expanded health care services to patients
throughout Central Florida, with an added focus on convenience
The collaboration will see Healthcare Clinics operating at
conveniently-located Walgreens during evenings and weekends, with
online appointment-scheduling facilities. Orlando Health patients
will receive coordinated Healthcare Clinic facilities for chronic
and preventive disorders.
The collaboration will also facilitate communication between
Orlando Health physicians and Healthcare clinic nurses to
effectively share patient information. Finally, it will ensure
extended patient awareness regarding Orlando Health and
Healthcare Clinic services.
The healthcare industry presents diverse opportunities and the
collaboration will serve Walgreen's mission to provide customized
and quality healthcare services. Walgreens plans to utilize its
extensive chain of popular retail outlets to deliver superior
medical care, while ensuring better management of patient care
services at the same time. The diverse portfolio of health care
assets of the company is also expected to deliver proper and
timely services to the patients.
The two companies are also interested in exploring options of
sharing electronic medical records to ensure read-only access for
real-time medical data of patients. The execution of such
endeavour thus foresees the need for creating online or call
center appointment scheduling technology.
This collaboration will effectively focus on Central Florida,
Orlando Health being a primary healthcare provider in the region.
A total of 13 Healthcare clinics at select Walgreens in nearby
cities like Orlando, Kissimmee, Apopka, Winter Springs, Clermont,
Lake Buena Vista, Lake Mary, Winter Park and Windermere, Florida
have been shortlisted to offer the services.
Both Walgreens and Orlando Health services are of the opinion
that adoption of new approaches, and building new relationships
will optimally cater to the growing healthcare needs of people,
offering them the best possible medical services at convenient
locations and affordable rates.
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