The healthcare industry is facing several challenges, including the rising costs, inconsistent quality of care, and inadequate access to primary and other types of care. These issues have created a megachallenge that needs to be urgently addressed.
One potential solution to this problem is forging partnerships with retailers. Retailers have been 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 tap into their 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 better provide comprehensive care for complex conditions, offer care in patients’ homes, leverage data to improve clinical care and customer experiences, and address the looming labor shortage in healthcare. This collaboration has the potential to greatly improve the healthcare system and address the current challenges it faces.