The healthcare industry is facing several challenges, including rapidly rising costs, inconsistent quality of care, and inadequate and unequal access to primary and other types of care. These issues have created significant hurdles that must be addressed urgently.
One potential solution to this problem is to forge partnerships with retailers. Retailers have focused on providing consumers with convenient ways to obtain basic care for one-off services such as taking a throat culture or treating an ear infection. By partnering with retailers, health systems can tap into this existing infrastructure to improve access to care.
In the future, 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 improve 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.