February 24, 2015
As a recipient of the Alice Hersh Scholarship, I had the privilege of attending AcademyHealth’s 2015 National Health Policy Conference in Washington D.C. In addition to many interesting sessions, I had the opportunity to meet many leaders in the health care space, from health services researchers and policy makers to providers and business leaders. One of the most interesting themes throughout the conference was the developments and innovations in the private sector.
Similar to recent moves by other national retail chains, Walgreens will continue its push towards being a major player in health care as described by Jeffrey Kang, Senior Vice President of Health and Wellness Services and Solutions. He noted Walgreens’ ability to deliver basic services, such as drug dispensing, health care clinics, and medical tests, in an affordable, fast, and convenient way, displaying agility that is often difficult to achieve in large health systems. According to Dr. Kang, Walgreens plans to play a larger role in chronic care in the coming years, a further step in moving health care outside of the traditional domains.