Walgreens teams up with Verily to tackle chronic conditions

Walgreens Boots Alliance has teamed up with Verily, the life sciences unit of Google parent company Alphabet. The two companies will focus on improving outcomes for patients with chronic conditions, CNBC reported.

The partnership will deploy Verily’s technology at Walgreens’ pharmacies and specifically focus on medication adherence, an issue that costs the healthcare system about $100 billion to $289 billion annually.

The partnership may help Walgreens connect more technology to its growing healthcare services and could signal a move to fend off competitors like CVS Health, which recently acquired health insurance provider Aetna, and Amazon, which has continued to step into the pharmacy and healthcare space.

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