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QVC promotes exec to SVP, IT global services

BY Dan Berthiaume

West Chester, Pa. – QVC has promoted John Cowan to the position of senior VP, information technology global services. Cowan was most recently VP global systems & initiatives.

Since joining in QVC in 1994, Cowan has held positions of increasing responsibility, including VP, business strategy and technology integration, and VP of business technology. He also played a key role in the start-up of QVC in Germany and Japan, and recently assisted QVC Italy in deploying a new systems release in September 2012.

“As QVC continues to grow and evolve globally, it is important that we effectively leverage our resources at the local, regional and global levels," said Linda Dillman, CIO of QVC. "This is particularly true for our technology teams. John’s extraordinary knowledge of both IT and QVC’s global markets, coupled with his strong leadership and relationship-building skills, will be invaluable for our future growth."

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Walgreens partners with Inovalon for managed care improvement

BY Dan Berthiaume

Deerfield Park, Ill. – Walgreens has entered into a multi-year agreement to provide Inovalon’s data-driven encounter support platform, Electronic Patient Assessment Solution Suite (ePASS) within healthcare clinics at select Walgreens to support improvements in managed care quality and performance.

The ePASS platform allows identification and resolution of gaps in quality, care, assessment, documentation, and risk score accuracy, as well as analytical capabilities. It will be rolled out at 400 stores nationwide.

"This agreement represents another step in Walgreens ongoing commitment to improving access and bringing innovative solutions to the healthcare marketplace," said Heather Helle, divisional VP, Healthcare Clinic. "Through this partnership, we’ll be able to utilize the power of analytics to provide a higher level of individualized care to our patients, which will ultimately improve the patient experience and outcomes. We are pleased to be able to leverage Inovalon’s data-driven capabilities to help the millions of members get, stay and live well."

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Valpak integrates coupons into Google Wallet

BY Dan Berthiaume

Largo, Fla. – Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. will integrate offerings of local and national coupons into Google Wallet via the Wallet Objects API. The Valpak.com “Save to Google" feature will be available for desktop and mobile web users later this week.

To use Valpak coupons with Google Wallet, consumers will need to visit Valpak.com on their desktop computer or via their smart phone or tablet browser. They then access "local coupons," click on the coupon they want, scroll down to the button that says, "Save offer to Google." The offer will be saved directly to their Google Account and they can redeem in store using the Google Wallet app at checkout.

"Being a Google Wallet Objects integration partner demonstrates Valpak’s undertaking to be at the forefront of technology," said Michael Vivio, president of Cox Target Media, provider of Valpak. "And at the same time it shows our promise to consumers to provide them savings at their fingertips wherever they go."

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