Northwell Health and Walgreens have entered into a five-year partnership to expand digital health services to consumers in New York State.
The two organizations are also exploring a collaboration between retail health clinics at select Walgreens stores in the tri-state area, which would create additional access to primary care, especially in underserved communities, the companies said in a statement. press release Thursday.
Northwell’s telehealth providers are now accessible on the Walgreens Find Care platform throughout New York State, expanding access to virtual emergency care services for certified emergency physicians from the comfort of their homes. Pediatric specialists are also available, the organizations said.
Walgreens is offered as a network pharmacy provider for Northwell’s 76,000 employees. As of September 1, Northwell Health employees can fill their non-specialty prescriptions at a Walgreens pharmacy. The healthcare system is New York State’s largest healthcare provider with 23 hospitals and the largest private employer.
“Northwell Health and Walgreens worked together during the peak of the pandemic to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable members of the community,” said Debbie Salas-Lopez, MD, Northwell Health’s senior vice president of community health and of the population, in a press release. “We look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship. “
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The organizations said the strategic affiliation would help improve the health of populations and advance health equity statewide.
Walgreens and Northwell Health aim to develop innovative healthcare delivery models, with offerings and services that improve the health of populations and reduce healthcare costs by advancing the delivery of retail healthcare services in this area. that concerns access, quality, equity, satisfaction and efficiency of care, executives said.
“We are very excited to partner with Walgreens to improve health, improve care and reduce costs through collaborative and innovative opportunities,” said Mark Solazzo, President of Strategic Initiatives and COO of Northwell Health, in a press release. “This Affiliate Agreement strengthens our resolve and mutual commitment to community health equity.
These initiatives, including expanding digital offerings and offering retail and specialty pharmacy services, are designed to generate synergies and operational efficiencies, the two companies said.
“Northwell Health shares our commitment to expanding access to affordable, high-quality health and pharmacy services,” said Jeff Bruneteau, regional vice president of eastern operations for Walgreens, in a statement. “The availability of our pharmacy services to Northwell Health employees gives them convenient access to a larger network of trusted Walgreens pharmacies. “