Clinical collaboration with CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic will increase access to care and help improve medication adherence for patients
The not-for-profit Sutter Health network announced a new clinical collaboration with CVS Health today. CVS Health will securely and safely provide prescription and visit information from MinuteClinics, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, to Sutter Health’s electronic health record (EHR) for Sutter Health patients who seek care through the nearly 1,000 MinuteClinics nationwide, and/or have prescriptions filled at a CVS/pharmacy. Through this collaboration, Sutter Health and MinuteClinic practitioners will also work together on planning strategies around chronic care, wellness and patient care coordination.
During National Men’s Health Month in June—including Men’s Health Week from June 15-21—experts from across the Sutter Health network encourage men of all ages to take an active role in their health and preventative care.
Not sure where to start? Check out our month-long series on health topics and common health concerns for men 45 years and younger on the MyLifeStages Healthy Living Blog. Follow the series to learn about:
• Ways to safely build muscle mass
• Methods for combating the dreaded “beer belly”
• The importance of having a primary care physician
• Managing stress and boosting energy
• Staying sexually healthy
• Issues with low testosterone levels
Do you know your parents’ wishes if they become seriously ill? Have you talked with your loved ones about what matters most to you? Having your future health care choices known and protected provides peace of mind for you and those you love.
Today, on National Healthcare Decisions Day, plan ahead and take the time to start this important conversation with your family. Completing an advance directive gives your doctors and family guidance on how to care for you if you cannot speak for yourself or make your wishes known to them.
Ask yourself this question and then discuss with friends and family:
Do you want to be kept alive on machines as long as possible, or to be allowed to die as gently as possible?
While questions like this are not easy to answer, speaking with your loved ones ahead of time and preparing an advance directive will help ensure your wishes are honored.
Did you know stress can have a big impact on your body? If you find yourself needing help coping with the pressures that may accompany Tax Day, follow our new blog series by Ronesh Sinha, M.D., to find out how stress impacts your body and what you can do to feel better. Some topics the series focuses on include:
While a recent study found that this year’s flu shot doesn’t work as well as expected against this season’s most prevalent influenza virus, experts say the vaccine can still protect against other flu viruses, and reduce hospitalizations and deaths.
Each year 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu and more than 200,000 end up in the hospital due to flu-related complications. Flu activity usually peaks between December and February but can continue to occur as late as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Experts highly recommend flu shots for people 65 years and older and younger children.
The following precautions also help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory infections:
- While sick, stay home and limit contact with others
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based rub
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Need a flu shot?
- Call your doctor’s office directly
- Find a flu shot clinic near you
- Fine flu resources at sutterhealth.org/flu
Earlier this month employees from across the Sutter Health not-for-profit network came to work dressed in red for National Wear Red Day®–a nationwide movement aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of heart disease and stroke in women.
Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. But, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Sutter Health cardiologist, Diane Sobcowicz, M.D., says knowing the following heart health indicator numbers could help save your life.
Healthy cholesterol guidelines call for:
- Total cholesterol (LDL plus HDL) below 200 mg/dl
- LDL at 100 mg/dl and below
- HDL at 50 mg/dl and above
- Triglycerides below 150 mg/dl
The guidelines for ideal blood pressure:
- 120/80 or less: Normal blood pressure reading.
- 120-139/80-89: Pre-hypertension. This measure is a warning sign of potential problems, and a doctor will recommend you begin lifestyle changes to reduce your pressure. (See 7 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure.)
- 140/ 90 and above: Hypertension, or high blood pressure. These numbers indicate you should find a way to reduce your blood pressure, which may involve lifestyle changes and/or medications.
- 180/100 or above: Readings this high can be dangerous and should be addressed immediately by a physician.