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US Pharma Giant to “Reimagine Health Care” by 2022 Through New Partnership

Stockhouse Editorial
6 Comments| September 10, 2021

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(Image via Wallgreens.)

Blue Shield of California and pharma retail giant Wallgreens (NASDAQ: WBA) announced a new collaboration on Friday to expand access to health care, lower costs, and bring innovative services to enhance the consumer experience for individuals, families, and communities throughout California.

Walgreens Health Corner services – a personalized health care experience – will be the focus on the initial phase of the collaboration. The Health Corner locations will include health advisors – pharmacists, dieticians, or nurses – to inform and assist with health, nutrition, fitness, and disease management care coordination for either real-time or future care. Condition management and whole-person care will be the focus of the healthcare services.

At launch, Blue Shield members in eligible plans will have access to blood pressure screenings, administration of A1C blood tests, and mammography care coordination. They will also be able to pick up take-home health screening tests with in-person assistance from health advisors for instruction on how to use and complete the kits, as well as support to locate new health and wellness products. Health advisors will also be present to help members set up their digital health applications on their mobile devices.

With a shared goal to reimagine health care, Peter Long, executive vice president of Strategy and Health Solutions at Blue Shield of California, commented:

“Together, we are transforming health care by launching innovative, high-touch, personalized, and holistic solutions for members and Californians with the ultimate goal of providing enhanced access to care that is worthy of our family and friends and sustainably affordable.”

For the full rundown of this news, click here.

Late this year the program’s first phase is set to begin with the goal to expand Blue Shield’s service virtually, and at home, by early 2022.

Earlier this week, Walgreens mobile clinic began offering walk-up access to COVID-19 and flu immunizations (pictured above), focused on events tied to some of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The traveling clinic is stopping at more than a dozen locations on and off school campuses, including stops at several football “Classics” — games widely known for popular halftime shows featuring battles between school marching bands — that attract students, alumni and community members.


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