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Walgreens and Johns Hopkins to Collaborate in Unique Training and Research Partnership

Magazine article Drug Topics

Walgreens and Johns Hopkins to Collaborate in Unique Training and Research Partnership

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Walgreens' pharmacists will be better able to help patients manage chronic diseases and assist in new medical research as part of a unique training and research partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Md.

In late May, Johns Hopkins and Walgreens' chain of more than 7,700 drugstores entered into a collaborative agreement that includes new training programs for all of Walgreens' staff, including pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and physicians.

Walgreens recently formed similar collaborations with other health systems, including Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group in Illinois, Ochsner Health System in Louisiana, and Memorial Health in Florida, said Jay Rosan, MD, vice president of health innovation for Walgreens,

"In today's healthcare environment, it is imperative that organizations look for creative solutions that will improve patient outcomes while also reducing overall healthcare costs, and that's what these new relationships aim to achieve," Rosan said.

New guidelines and training

Johns Hopkins' faculty will also help Walgreens develop protocols and medical guidelines in chronic disease management, as well as training programs for its staff. The 2 organizations also plan to explore the possibility of jointly developing lifestyle, chronic care, and disease - specific programs.

"Seventy percent of people going into Walgreens don't have a primary care physician. The more we can work directly with those populations, the more we can really improve the quality of care across the country," said Mark Shaver, senior director of business development and strategic alliance for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Walgreens and Johns Hopkins will focus the training and research programs on asthma, diabetes, weight management, heart disease, hypertension, and patient safety, according to both Rosan and Shaver. In addition. Shaver added, they are addressing questions that include "How do we provide the right care at the right cost in the right environment?"

Consumer lifestyles, patient care

Eventually, consumer lifestyle programs could include management of chronic diseases, how to obtain the right nutrition, and finding an effective balance between work and health. Shaver said. …

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