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Express Scripts tests public cloud with discount drug program

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Express Scripts launched a test website in May to provide the uninsured with access to discounted drugs. The site, InsideRx, will also serve as a test of public cloud technology that the company is seeking to adopt more widely.

Express Scripts launched a test website in May to provide the uninsured with access to discounted drugs. The site, InsideRx, will also serve as a test of public cloud technology that the company is seeking to adopt more widely. Express Scripts chief information officer Neal Sample says the company is experimenting with a variety of public and private cloud technologies in an effort to make information technology (IT) operations more efficient. He says building software to run on cloud platforms will let Express Scripts respond faster to business demands, noting that "we can come up with an idea and release it, in some cases, the same day." With cloud, developers can request computing capacity to be made available, as an online service, and start work within hours. Giving developers such flexibility will help Express Scripts innovate, says Brian Gregory, director of IT cloud strategy and engineering. "It's not sunk costs. You can try something today and destroy it tomorrow." One potential cloud application that Gregory's team is evaluating is a new system for health care providers who deliver specialty medications to patients. Some drugs must arrive at a certain temperature and require different amounts of dry ice, depending on travel time. An application available via a secure portal backed by cloud technology could offer help to providers calculating those requirements.

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