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Walgreens to Help Employers Maximize Benefits of Worksite Health Centers Through SCIO Health Analytics Data and Measurement Tools

<p class='bwalignc'> <span><i>Pilot program provides data analytics to employers measuring value, benefits and opportunities associated with worksite health centers</i></span> </p>

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Walgreens to Help Employers Maximize Benefits of Worksite Health Centers Through SCIO Health Analytics Data and Measurement Tools14:57 EST Tuesday, January 22, 2013 HARTFORD, Conn. (Business Wire) -- SCIO Health Analytics, a leading health analytics services company, has entered into a relationship with Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) to help employers gain maximum return on investment through worksite health centers and wellness programs, identifying opportunities to improve workforce health while also reducing costs.SCIO Health Analytics provides outcomes data and other measurement tools to worksite health centers managed by Walgreens Employer Solutions Group as part of the pilot program.Walgreens employer-based health centers offer a broad spectrum of services, including primary care, pharmacy, occupational health, fitness, nutrition, chronic condition management, physical therapy, infusion services, dental, vision and more.While all services and worksite locations are tailored to meet the specific needs of each employer, the integration of advanced analytics tools will help Walgreens and its clients further develop custom strategies for health and wellness services, while also aiming to improve financial performance and increase productivity and employee satisfaction.“Data and analytics are important tools that help demonstrate the value of our employer-based health and wellness offerings, from improved patient outcomes and overall savings, to also identifying needs for new or diversified services,” said Trent Riley, divisional vice president for Walgreens Health and Wellness division.“Walgreens is committed to exploring new and innovative ways to integrate the latest technology to deliver valuable insights to our clients, while their employees get, stay and live well.”Utilizing advanced analytics tools and technology, SCIO Health Analytics developed the pilot program to assess the effectiveness and measure the outcomes of worksite health centers and employee wellness programs.SCIO will collect claims, clinic information and activity data for employers participating in the Walgreens pilot program. Through data integration, member profiling and outcomes analytics using its proprietary technology platform, SCIO will provide actionable data and reporting to demonstrate the value and impact of worksite health centers, while giving Walgreens clients areas of opportunity to further improve employee health and reduce costs.Increasingly, businesses are considering the value of workplace health care solutions and providing more comprehensive, high quality, and integrated health care solutions to improve employee wellness. As the workforce ages and the incidence of chronic illness continues to rise, initiatives tied to health promotion, disease prevention and overall employee wellness will become even more critical.“Data analysis and accurate measurement of population health are what leads to better health care decision making, and we are thrilled to assist Walgreens in this endeavor,” says Phil Fiero, vice president of health analytics and operations at SCIO. “These worksite health programs can help employers significantly improve member health and reduce costs both short-term and long-term that are associated with clinical illness progression and diminished employee productivity.”About SCIO Health AnalyticsBased in West Hartford, Connecticut, SCIO Health Analytics is a leading health analytics company, serving more than 50 health care organizations including 15 of the top 25 insurers that represent more than 80 million members. Through the use of integrated healthcare data and proprietary algorithms and technologies, SCIO Health Analytics focuses on providing actionable and predictive analytics, business services and insights in the areas of payment integrity, risk and care management, value-based benefit design, consumer engagement, consumer segmentation, ACO analytics, and network analytics to improve healthcare services and results. For more information about SCIO Health Analytics, please visit www.sciohealthanalytics.com.About WalgreensAs the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America's first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,061 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Employer Solutions Group is a division of Walgreens that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers with nearly 370 locations throughout the country.Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20130122006721/en/Walgreen Co.Jim Cohn, 847-315-2950Media Relationsjim.cohn@walgreens.comorSCIO Health AnalyticsJudy Andrien, 860-356-0342Director of Marketingjandrien@sciohealthanalytics.com