As I talked about in my post about Walgreens and innovation, Walgreens has renamed their TakeCare Clinics to Healthcare Clinics at some locations. This is more than just a meaningless name change. This is the beginning of a business model change. This is the shift from acute care to ongoing chronic disease management. This is a big move that changes their place in the healthcare value chain.
It’s part of the overall strategy that has pulled them into the ACO space.
It will be interesting to see if CVS Caremark and their MinuteClinics follow them. CVS Caremark already announced a different strategy in terms of providing advocates. If I were them, I would jump fully into the remote monitoring / mHealth space and provide chronic disease management from a remote basis. I think this would be different and innovative.