WALNUT CREEK, Calif., May 19 Longs Drug StoresCorporation (NYSE: LDG) announced today a new collaboration with Google Healthto provide a platform for sharing of information between patients andproviders. Working with Google, Longs will be one of the first pharmacies toprovide their customers with the ability to import their prescriptioninformation into Google Health allowing the consumer to share that informationwith providers and doctors of their choosing to better coordinate their care.
"Working with Google Health is a natural extension of the services wealready offer as part of our commitment to our customers to ensure patientsafety and healthcare quality. Longs patients will have complete control ofmedical record transmission to their Google Health accounts and can turn thetransmissions on and off at their discretion. With patients having moreoptions and better access to their medical records and medication history,they can better coordinate their care with their doctors and healthcareproviders," said Mike Laddon, Longs Drugs SVP, CIO.
Google Health launched to the public today at an event at Google. A newproduct, it allows users to store, organize and manage their medical recordsand personal health information online. Longs was included at the event as a"first mover" integration partner that Google is working with to demonstratethe value of sharing data between patients and providers.
In addition to Longs 514 retail pharmacies, it's wholly owned subsidiaryRxAmerica, which provides pharmacy benefits management services and Medicarebeneficiary prescription drug plans, will also be able to offer clinicalguidance and cost savings to its 8.7 million members.
"Participation in this program truly supports the emerging trend ofconsumer directed healthcare. RxAmerica will be able to use this partnershipto position ourselves as a client and member-centric company -- one that caresabout maintaining the well-being of its members and controlling costs," saidJohn Gardnyk, President of RxAmerica.
Google Health is available on the web at http://www.google.com/health. Alink to Longs is included in the partner directory.
About Longs Drug Stores Corporation
Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Longs Drug Stores Corporation(NYSE: LDG) is one of the most recognized retail drug store chains on the WestCoast and in Hawaii. The Company operates 514 retail pharmacies and offers awide assortment of merchandise focusing on health, wellness, beauty andconvenience. Longs also provides pharmacy benefit management services andMedicare beneficiary prescription drug plans through its wholly-ownedsubsidiary, RxAmerica, LLC. Additional information about Longs and itsservices is available at http://www.longs.com and more information aboutRxAmerica is available at http://www.rxamerica.com.
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