Walgreens pushes outward with major telehealth expansion

Increased integration allows 'seamless access to virtual visits'
By Jessica Davis
03:27 PM
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The largest U.S. drugstore chain and telehealth provider MDLive are expanding their virtual care collaboration to 20 more states, bringing the total to 25.

The most recent states to join the expansion are: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

"As we expand virtual care service, we are seeing strong demand based on consumers' appetite for digital convenience and ease-of-access to a quality board-certified physician," said Randy Parker, chief executive officer, MDLIVE, in a press statement.

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"We are thrilled to be collaborating with an innovator like Walgreens who understands these fundamental consumer expectations and knows how to execute to meet and exceed them," he added.

The collaboration connects Walgreens' Web-users with U.S. board-certified doctors, 24 hours a day. Often these professional are located in the same communities as the Walgreens' customers. The increased integration between MDLIVE and Walgreens apps establishes access to virtual visits.

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"Walgreens provides convenient and connected services for our customers, and we are thrilled to be advancing our digital experience to provide patients with more choices when it comes to accessing care," said Adam Pellegrini, Walgreens divisional vice president of digital health, in a statement.

Walgreens first announced the expansion in June 2015, when it added Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin to the app's network. The collaborative telehealth app was first launched in December 2014.

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The company announced the new Walgreens Connect app, which allows rewards club members to earn points for taking daily blood glucose or blood pressure measurements. The data is seamlessly captured and transmitted to the cloud via Qualcomm Life's 2net Platform.