Mollen, Verizon Wireless and Google to expand access to healthcare
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Mollen Immunization Clinics, the nation’s largest independent mass immunizer, has joined with Verizon Wireless and Google to expand access to a variety of immunizations.
Mollen has equipped over 4,000 of its immunization clinics at Walmart and Sam’s Club with Google Chromebooks powered by the Verizon Wireless network. More than 25,000 nurses will use Chromebooks this immunization season connected by Verizon Wireless’ network to offer and process vaccinations for millions of Americans nationwide.
Mollen considered a variety of technology solutions before choosing the Chromebook, which allows the company to enhance its vaccination program by offering expanded immunizations to help prevent diseases such as whooping cough, shingles and HPV. The secure, reliable Verizon Wireless network connection helps Mollen’s teams of nurses to determine what immunizations are needed, check insurance eligibility, process payments, submit claims, track vaccine inventories and report on clinic volumes in real time, all while helping to protect patient privacy, including under HIPAA.
“Transforming healthcare in this country depends on expanding access to care and extending the reach of healthcare providers,” said John Roehm, CEO, Mollen. “Through our work with Verizon Wireless and Google, we are able to do just that by providing more immunizations in the most convenient and cost effective ways possible.”
In addition, the new technology will allow Mollen to communicate with both state immunization registries as well as the patient’s primary care physician. This season, at the request of patients, Mollen can electronically notify participating state immunization registries and primary care physicians when immunizations have been delivered, improving coordination of patient care. In the future, the new technology will also allow Mollen to access immunization records from participating state registries at the patient’s request.
With the new technology, Mollen will also eliminate more than 20 million pieces of paper from its business. “Google and Verizon Wireless have enabled us to take significant costs out of our business,” said Mike Cihlar, Mollen’s Chief Operating Officer. “As a result of going paperless, we have been able to improve the patient experience while streamlining our processes.”
“We’re proud to put the strength of our wireless network to work to help Mollen enhance access to preventative healthcare, which ultimately helps save and improve quality of lives,” said Andres Irlando, president, Southwest Region, Verizon Wireless.
Visit www.FluShotsUSA.com to find Mollen’s clinic locations, services offered and to pre-register for immunizations. Individuals may also walk-in to any clinic location without an appointment.
About Mollen Immunization Clinics
Mollen enables its customers to deliver and access healthcare services in the most convenient and cost effective ways possible. We do this by leveraging a nationwide network of 200,000 healthcare professionals who provide healthcare services wherever people live, learn, play, work, worship, and shop. Mollen is the largest independent mass immunizer in the country and is focused on leveraging its network of health professionals to deliver more care, more conveniently and more cost effectively to protect the health of American’s one person at a time. For more information go to http://www.FluShotsUSA.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
For more information about Google Chromebooks, visit www.google.com/chromebook.
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