How health systems are confronting the retail revolution in healthcare

By Laura Dyrda, Becker’s Hospital Review

Traditional retailers like Walmart, Walgreens and CVS have found an opportunity in healthcare: delivering expedited, integrated care through their walk-in and urgent care clinics.

Walgreens initially opened walk-in clinics across the country, but then closed all that weren’t partnered with health systems in October last year. However, Walmart has moved forward with its plan to open two standalone clinics in Georgia, with a third on its way this summer designed to provide primary care. CVS MinuteClinics staffs nurse practitioners to see urgent care cases and provide basic treatment for issues such as an ear infection.