Rite Aid acquires Health Dialog Services

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 2, 2014 7:17 AM

(New York) -- Rite Aid says it bought Health Dialog Services in a deal intended to help the company expand its health coaching program for people with chronic ailments.

The companies didn't disclose terms of the deal.

Health Dialog Services is based in Boston, and it was owned by Bupa, a health care services group headquartered in London.

For more than a year, the companies have been working together on Rite Aid's Health Alliance product, in which pharmacists and health care coaches work with patients on health and self-management.

The pharmacy chain says the program is intended to improve care and support for people with chronic conditions like congestive heart failure, lung disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. 

Rite Aid says the purchase of Health Dialog Services will allow it to bring Health Alliance to more markets.

The Cumberland County-based company runs about 4,600 stores in 31 states and Washington, D.C.

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