Over the course of a week, Loblaw Companies Limited has made three announcements in the health and wellness area that is positioning one of Canada’s largest grocery retailers to become a significant player in the medical space.
On August 19, the Alberta government announced that all 234 Loblaw owned stores with pharmacies would open their doors for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.
On the same day, Loblaw also launched an e-prescription service following an agreement with Canada Health Infoway.
And on August 12, Loblaw’s Shoppers Drug Mart launched the first walk-in medical clinic.
In Alberta, Loblaw owned stores offering asymptomatic COVID-19 testing include Shoppers Drug Mart, Real Canadian Superstore, Independent Foods, Extra Foods, City Market and No Frills.
The new e-prescribing service, agreement between Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw retail pharmacies and QHR Technologies' AccuroEMR, Canada's largest single electronic medical record platform, will be available for Loblaw customers across the country. The agreement will work towards connecting with PrescribeIT, Infoway's national e-prescribing service. As a first step in the initiative, Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw will begin to roll out PrescribeIT in pharmacies already using software that is integrated with PrescribeIT.
"This agreement will accelerate the adoption of e-prescribing in Canada, bringing significant benefits to patients, prescribers and health care systems across the country," says Ashesh Desai, executive vice president for pharmacy and healthcare businesses at Shoppers Drug Mart.