CVS Health, which operates pharmacies and has MinuteClinics in some locations, has entered into a clinical affiliation with Ochsner Health System.

CVS Health will provide prescription and clinic visit information to Ochsner through its electronic health record system. That will help Ochsner health care providers ensure patients are keeping up with their medications and help coordinate care for patients seen at MinuteClinic locations.

“By integrating our electronic medical records and information systems, we will collectively have a more comprehensive view of our patients, which can aid in health care decision-making and help ensure patients adhere to important medications for chronic diseases,” said Dr. Troyen A. Brennan, chief medical officer of CVS Health. “In this era of health care reform, we are pleased to work with these health care organizations to develop collaborative programs that enhance access to patient care, improve health outcomes and lower health care costs in the communities they serve,” he said.

Patients will continue to have access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS pharmacies and MinuteClinics.

CVS Health and MinuteClinic have established clinical affiliations with more than 50 major health systems and health care providers across the country. CVS currently has more than 7,800 retail pharmacy locations across the U.S.