The healthcare industry is currently facing a major challenge: the struggle to provide consistent, high-quality care while keeping costs under control. This issue has been exacerbated by unequal access to primary and other types of care, which has created significant barriers for many patients.
To address these challenges, some experts are suggesting that health systems form partnerships with retailers. Retailers have already established infrastructure that can be leveraged to improve access to care. For example, they have provided consumers with convenient ways to obtain basic services such as throat swabs, ear infections, and flu shots. By partnering with retailers, health systems can tap into this existing infrastructure to provide better care to patients.
Moving forward, retailers and health systems can work together to tackle the megachallenges facing the healthcare industry. By forming partnerships, they can offer comprehensive care for complex conditions, provide care in patients’ homes, use data to improve clinical care and customer experiences, and address the labor shortage in healthcare. This collaboration has the potential to greatly improve the quality of care and address current challenges faced by the healthcare system.