Walgreens will use Epic for medical records

Walgreens announced it will begin using Epic electronic health records at its 400 clinics located around the country by early 2016.

While Walgreens has its own electronic health records system, the company acknowledged the benefits of Epic’s Care Everywhere network, which allows secure sharing of patient medication lists with other health care organizations, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

The nation’s largest drugstore chain, Walgreens has more than 8,100 stores, and will grow even larger with its recently announced acquisition of Rite Aid, the third largest chain.

CVS, the second-largest pharmacy chain in the U.S. with over 7,800 locations, starting using Epic medical records last year at its MinuteClinics.