Health systems worldwide are grappling with the escalating costs, inconsistent quality, and limited access to primary and other forms of care. These challenges have created a formidable obstacle that must be urgently addressed.
To tackle this issue, one potential solution is to forge partnerships with retailers. Retailers have primarily focused on providing consumers with an easy way to obtain basic care for one-off services such as throat swabs, ear infections, and flu shots. By partnering with retailers, health systems can leverage this existing infrastructure to improve access to care.
Moving forward, retailers and health systems can collaborate to address the challenges facing the healthcare industry. By forming partnerships, they can offer comprehensive care for complex conditions, deliver care in patients’ homes, use data to enhance clinical care and customer experiences, and address the looming labor shortage in healthcare. This cooperation has the potential to significantly enhance the healthcare system and tackle the current challenges it faces.