The healthcare industry is facing a multitude of problems, including rising costs, inconsistent quality, and limited access to primary and other forms of care. These challenges have created enormous obstacles that must be urgently addressed.
One potential solution to this issue is through partnerships with retailers. Retailers have focused on providing consumers with a convenient way to obtain basic care for one-off services such as taking a throat culture, treating an ear infection, or administering a flu vaccine. By partnering with retailers, health systems can leverage this existing infrastructure to improve access to care.
Moving forward, retailers and health systems can work together to address the challenges facing the healthcare industry. By forming partnerships, they can provide comprehensive care for complex conditions, offer care in patients’ homes, use data to enhance clinical care and customer experiences, and tackle the looming labor shortage in healthcare. This collaboration has the potential to greatly improve the healthcare system and address the current challenges it faces.