Walgreens, VillageMD partner on Houston primary care clinics

Walgreens and primary care provider VillageMD are working together in a new partnership aimed at improving access to primary care in Houston.

Under the partnership, VillageMD will operate primary care clinics, branded Village Medical at Walgreens, next to five Walgreens stores in the Houston area, with the first set to open by the end of 2019. The 2,500-sq.-ft. clinics will offer primary care services for adults and seniors that will be integrated with pharmacists, nurses and social workers, and they will use VillageMD’s docOS system. The system integrates data and technology to create a 360-degree view of patients’ health needs, identifying gaps in health and missing diagnoses to help manage chronic conditions. It also allows patients to check in by phone or a kiosk and enables home-based monitoring and telemedicine.

“This collaboration with VillageMD demonstrates our ongoing commitment to create neighborhood health destinations that bring affordable health care services to customers and provide a differentiated patient experience to the communities we serve,” said Pat Carroll, Walgreens chief medical officer and group vice president of healthcare services and clinical programs.“VillageMD has a strong track record nationally of improving outcomes and reducing the cost of healthcare through their transformative primary care model. With more than 120 primary care physicians in their medical group in Houston, we look forward to working with them as we focus on the health and well-being of the community.”

The companies said they would continue to explore expansion of Village Medical at Walgreens clinics in Houston and other markets.

“The integration of primary care and pharmacy is yet another example of the value-based commitment that Walgreens and VillageMD demonstrate to customers, patients and the broader healthcare landscape,” said Tim Barry, CEO of VillageMD. “We are honored to collaborate with such a trusted partner in the lives of so many Americans.”