Solutions to Make Health Care Easier
Through our combined assets, we can create a health care model that is more integrated, while offering consumers the ability to interact with trusted and familiar health care experts in their communities. By fully integrating Aetna's medical information and analytics with CVS Health’s pharmacy data, we will enable more effective, holistic treatment of the whole patient based on a more complete picture of their health. As a result, patients will benefit from earlier interventions and better connected care, leading to improved health outcomes and lower medical costs.
Coordination across care teams, combined with expanded screening offerings and advanced connected devices, can help providers predict and prevent major health events before they occur. Take for example, identifying pre-diabetes symptoms or the warning signs of a heart attack. As a result of our end-to-end capabilities, this can be done by remotely monitoring key health vitals or ensuring patients with chronic diseases take their medications as prescribed, which can improve patient health and avoid costly adverse events.
Helping Patients Achieve Better Health
Today, one in two Americans has at least one chronic illness. What’s more, nine out of 10 (91 percent) patients say they need more help with chronic disease management. Through our combined assets, we have the opportunity to help change that for patients living with costly and sometimes debilitating diseases.
As a first step, CVS Health will build on its successful Project Health screening events at locations nationwide and combine them with Aetna’s commitment to building healthier communities to offer new preventive health screenings locally. This community-based program aims to improve patients’ health outcomes through expanded preventive health screenings and support in the diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic diseases, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
CVS Health will work with local community partners to provide patients who are diagnosed for the first time with the follow up they need. To support these communities and newly-diagnosed patients, MinuteClinic locations will also be introducing expanded chronic care management services.
Merlo added that the coming together of CVS Health and Aetna presents many opportunities to change the way health care is provided for across our country.
“We'll probably have some really big wins in this, but I think the bigger opportunity is the cumulative value of all those little things that occur millions of times every day as we interact with our clients, their members, our customers, that will make a difference. And that purpose of helping people on their path to better health will remain our North Star.