Hoping to improve the nation’s sleep and expand its services to consumers, Walgreens has added sleep disorders to the growing list of chronic conditions it can help treat. The pharmacy’s digital platform, Find Care, connects consumers to health services like virtual doctor visits, online consultations with dermatologists and counselors, and other telemedicine services.
Find Care also offers access to apps and other health devices to help patients manage chronic conditions like asthma, COPD and sleep disorders. Walgreens has partnered with health technology company Philips to offer digital tools that help consumers identify and address sleep problems.
Modifying Sleep Habits
Philips’ SmartSleep Analyzer evaluates a user’s sleep to provide a personalized analysis of his or her sleep problems. It claims to be a decision support tool that can help patients address sleep issues such as trouble falling asleep and staying asleep while also recommending potential solutions for other sleep problems such as snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. The program provides a four- to 12-week regimen that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, journaling and other lifestyle and habit changes to improve sleep. According to Philips, 75 percent of users reported better sleep after completing the program.
Connect to Sleep Professionals
Walgreen’s Find Care program also offers virtual visits with board-certified sleep physicians. The service is provided by Virtual Care Consult, a telehealth website. Walgreens hopes the services will increase customer convenience, enabling them to better manage their health care and reduce costs.
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