Boots has acquired the health technology company Wiggly-Amps in an effort to boost its digital healthcare offering.
Wiggly-Amps, which was purchased by the healthcare giant for an undisclosed sum, creates products like self-check-in screens for patients, remote blood pressure testing machines and e-consultations platforms that access a patient’s medical history in order to offer support for non-urgent conditions.
Following a challenging year for its retail arm, Boots’ new acquisition represents concerted move to boost its pharmacy arm.
“As the market leader, Boots UK have the scale and reputation to make the best use of this software and we look forward to working with Boots UK to help them fulfil their vision of creating an innovative digital healthcare offer to be the first-choice pharmacy for customers and patients,” Wiggly Amps’ managing director Jon Witte said.
Boots UK’s pharmacy director Richard Bradley added: “At Boots UK we are always looking for ways to develop the role of community pharmacy and make things simpler and quicker for our customers and patients.
“We have a strong history of innovation – responding to meet the evolving needs of our customers, providing new products and services and supporting our colleagues to deliver these.
“It’s an exciting time for the future of pharmacy and today’s announcement is just one of the ways we are strengthening the development of our digital healthcare ambitions.”
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