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CVS Caremark has announced a partnership with Google Health, a new product launched by Google, which is designed to allow users "to securely store, organize and manage their medical records and health care information online. This partnership will facilitate and enhance communications between consumers and health care providers by providing individuals with secure access to their medication history and personal health care information," according to a statement released by the companies.

The official release says that "by integrating on the Google Health platform, patients who receive treatment at MinuteClinic, the retail-based health clinic subsidiary of CVS Caremark, will be able to securely import their visit summaries into their Google Health Accounts." The program will roll out nationally to the more than 500 MinuteClinic locations in 25 states during the course of the next several weeks. In addition, within the next several months, consumers who fill their prescriptions at a CVS/pharmacy or have prescription coverage from CVS Caremark will also be able to securely import their prescription and medication histories into Google Health.

KC's View:
This kind of integration, it seems to me, is the promised land of health care.