Implications of Wal-Mart’s Major Move to Expand Walk-in Medical Clinics

Earlier this month, news reports stated that Wal-Mart is forecasting that more than 6,600 in-store medical clinics will open in the next 5 years in Wal-Mart stores. Wal-Mart’s pilot program began with 75 clinics in Wal-Mart stores in 12 states. The company has declared the clinics a success and now plans for a speedy roll-out of additional clinics nationwide. These clinics will have numerous implications for the medical community. First, according to Alicia Ledlie, senior director for...

Corporations Take Electronic Health Records into their Own Hands

Clinical laboratories have traditionally been the primary storehouse for laboratory test data. Not only has this been a strong source of added value to clinicians, but it positions clinical laboratories to be major players in the approaching age of genetic medicine. Now there’s a new threat on the horizon. Several of the nation’s largest corporations are preparing to handle the electronic health records (EHRs) of their employees. The first news of this nascent trend was a story in The...
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