The new location at 1500 Spruce St. is one of 25 MinuteClinics in the greater Philly area. There are also 25-30 other retail clinics in the region, including Walgreens Clinics, RediClinics in RiteAid drugstores, Aria Health facilities in ShopRite and Giant supermarkets, and QCare clinic in ShopRite (which also offers mental health services).
MinuteClinic and its retail clinic competitors offer:
*Treatment services for minor health complications and injuries performed by board-certified healthcare professionals
*Flu shots and other vaccinations and immunizations
*Preventative and health management services, including physicals, diabetes management, weight loss, smoking cessation programs, and more
*Affordable pricing – Cash/credit/debit cards are accepted for patients without insurance, and basic co-pays are due for people with insurance (Co-pay amount is determined by the health plan.)
*Convenient hours – Open before and after work, and on weekends, with no appointment necessary
*On-site pharmacies – Many people utilize retail clinics because they are conveniently located in supermarkets and drugstores, places people visit frequently to pick up prescriptions and shop for other household items
You can use this site to find a retail clinic near you or a loved one.
Walgreens Clinics to Transition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Platform to Epic Systems
The move is intended to support a shift in Walgreens’ retail clinic strategy towards expanding partnerships with hospitals, health systems, and local providers. In some cases, Walgreens is looking to even outsource operation to hospital partners.
Since Epic is utilized by many of these providers, integrating this “state-of-the-industry EHR will enable more seamless communication with health systems and local providers,” according to Patrick Carroll, M.D., chief medical officer for Healthcare Clinics.
Projection: Number of U.S. Retail Health Clinics to Continue Increasing
According to a recent report by Accenture, the growth of retail clinics in America is expected to continue.
Currently there are a little over 2,000 retail health clinics in the country. This number is expected to surpass 2,800 by 2017, a 47% increase since 2014. The report also predicts that the growth in retail clinics will add capacity for 25 million patient visits next year, up from 16 million in 2014.