Walmart Health announced that it is expanding into two new states and opening 28 centers in 2024. This will expand Walmart Health’s footprint into two new states – Missouri and Arizona – and deepen its presence in Texas. By the end of 2024, it will have more than 75 Walmart Health centers across the United States.
The company also says it i changing the physical footprint and layout of the center so patients spend less time in the waiting room and more time with their doctor. It also integrated modern equipment and technology to enable our providers and patients alike to experience what it claims is best-in-class healthcare technology. This includes integrating Epic’s electronic health record system across Walmart Health locations.
With 90% of the U.S. population located within 10 miles of a Walmart, Walmart Health is in a unique position to provide health and wellness services where its neighbors already live and shop.
The new state-of-the-art facilities will be approximately 5,750 square feet, located inside Walmart Supercenters, and will feature Walmart Health’s full suite of health services. The range of services include primary care, dental care, behavioral health, labs and X-ray, audiology and Walmart Health Virtual Care telehealth services.
Electronics retailer Best Buy recently kicked off a partnership with Atrium Health, part of Advocate Health, one of the country’s largest nonprofit hospital systems, Best Buy Chief Executive Officer Corie Sue Barry announced Thursday on a call with analysts. The partnership combines Atrium’s hospital-at-home program with Best Buy’s technological services, she said.
The partnership combines Atrium’s hospital-at-home program with Best Buy’s technological services, she said.
Best Buy has been investing heavily in health care services over the last few years as an alternative revenue stream to electronics sales, and has made several acquisitions in the sector, the most notable being its $800 million purchase of senior-citizen focused GreatCall Inc in 2018.
In 2021, the company also bought Current Health, a home-care technology platform that offers monitoring through wearable devices. “The role of technology within health care is becoming more important than ever, and our strategy is to enable care at home for everyone,” Barry said.
Dollar General is expanding into healthcare services in what could be a competitive shot across the bow for drugstores and other retailers. The company is piloting mobile health clinics at three stores in Tennessee to provide customers with basic, preventive and urgent care services along with lab testing.
The discount retailer teamed up with DocGo, a provider of mobile health and transportation services, to provide the medical services, which are set up in large vans in store parking lots.
The two companies plan to evaluate customer response and determine the feasibility of expanding the mobile health clinic offering to additional stores, executives said in a press release. Customers can schedule appointments online or walk in without an appointment. The retailer noted at the time that 75% of the U.S. population lives within about five miles from a Dollar General store, providing unique access to rural and other communities often underserved in the current health care ecosystem.
Health spending – projected to reach $5.2 trillion nationally by 2025, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – has become an alluring growth avenue for some retailers.