Walgreens Expands its Physician Telehealth Program

Drug store chain Walgreens in December 2014 started experimenting with offering consumers real-time telehealth consultations with a physician using their Android or Apple mobile phones. Now, the company will expand the service considerably during 2015.

Walgreens, teamed with the MDLIVE network of board-certified physicians across the nation, started the program in California and Michigan. Now, it is expanding to offer the service in Colorado, Illinois and Washington, and has plans to be in 25 states by year-end.

The service also now is available on desktop and tablet computers. Participating physicians can electronically prescribe medications and a consultation costs $49.

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“Our society truly values anytime, anywhere convenience,” said Adam Pellegrini, divisional vice president of digital health at Walgreens, in a statement. “And with a growing need for access to affordable health care services, we believe telehealth solutions can play an important role in helping to improve patient outcomes and continues our mission to provide a seamless, omni-channel digital health experience.”

A Walgreens spokesperson did not respond to a request for additional information.

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