Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) has partnered up with telehealth service provider MDLIVE to offer customers a virtual doctor visit. Customers on the Walgreens website can access a U.S. board-certified doctor, any time of day, through its mobile application.
The service is already available to users in California and Michigan. Walgreens plans to roll out the program to additional states over time.
Available for both iOS and Android, the app enables users to consult virtually with MDLIVE physicians for a range of acute problems.
"Offering mobile and virtual access to board-certified doctors is a natural extension of the robust range of health services that Walgreens already offers," said Dr. Harry Leider, chief medical officer, Walgreens. "We're delighted to work with MDLIVE to provide our patients with a leading telehealth solution that will allow them to conveniently address their health conditions and needs with a medical professional."
Last year, Walgreens launched a pharmacy chat feature that similarly lets users chat any time of day with pharmacy staff.
As of late, Walgreens has shown a growing commitment to healthcare innovation using technology. In October, Walgreens and WebMD announced a partnership that brings WebMD's virtual wellness coaching programs to Walgreens customers, incorporates WebMD content into the digital experience and stores, and offers prescription refills online. The drugstore chain also recently partnered with Apple (NASDAQ:APPL) to offer customers virtual payment through Apple Pay.
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