By Jennifer Bresnick | Director of Editorial | HealthITAnalytics.com
May 11, 2017 – Retail clinics are becoming an increasingly popular – and increasingly sophisticated – alternative to traditional primary care appointments, especially for patients who may not be able to afford or access other healthcare providers. Now equipped with top-shelf EHR infrastructure, much of which hails from Epic Systems, retail clinics are becoming fixtures of communities that are in need of additional options for primary care. In 2014, just over a third of US urban residents lived within a ten-minute drive of a retail clinic location, RAND Corporation found, although relatively few locations – just 12.5 percent – were directly situated in areas classified as medically underserved by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).
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