In the News: Sept 5–12

Consumer Considerations Around Assisted Reproductive Technologies

A recent article published in Science Daily discusses the results from a Murdoch Children’s Research Institute study, which found that assisted reproductive technology does not leave permanent marks on genes. Assisted reproductive technologies can impact epigenetics, a process that influences gene expression. Results from this study demonstrated that effects of assisted reproductive technology present within blood samples of newborns were not evident within blood samples in adulthood. It also was found that any epigenetics changes associated with fertility treatments can be repaired by environmental exposure and lifestyle experiences.

Technological advancements support improved success in fertility rates but also drive ethical considerations around human evolution and engineering. To learn more about fertility services of the future, as well as key elements and services to consider for assisted reproductive technology, read the Sg2 FAQ: Connecting Reproductive Endocrinology to the Women’s Health System of CARE.

Walmart Opens Stand-Alone Health Care Clinic

A recent Healthcare Finance News article highlights Walmart’s continued expansion in the clinic care space with the announcement of its newest stand-alone Walmart Health building in Dallas, Georgia. The new clinic offers primary care, dental care and X-rays, among many other clinical services. This new location also is providing favorable pricing and coverage options for both the uninsured and insured, which reinforces the retail giant’s presence in further disrupting the primary care landscape.

Other nontraditional health care providers, such as Amazon, Walgreens and CVS Health, have made inroads directly competing against traditional providers over their pharmacy, Medicare and Medicaid businesses. From Walgreens and Humana expanding Partners in Primary Care by opening 3 additional senior health centers, to Walmart and Walgreens adopting Capital Rx’s new transparent drug pricing model that eliminates price variability for customers, these players have firmly established themselves as convenient and high-value options for primary care services.

Sg2 believes that the phenomenon of primary care disruption is very much a consumerism game. For health systems to compete with retail disruptors such as Walmart, they must prioritize understanding and meeting their consumers’ needs. To learn more about strategies to compete with disrupters, please read the Sg2 Expert Insight Are You Ready for the Next Wave of Primary Care Disrupters?

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