Madison-based Quest Diagnostics and Wal-Mart Stores announced they will be working together to help improve access to care and, over time, help lower costs for basic healthcare services.
The collaboration will initially launch with a select number of locations (approximately 15) in Walmart stores in Florida and Texas by the end of 2017. These co-branded sites will initially provide laboratory testing services. Over time, offerings are expected to expand to include other basic healthcare services.
“We are proud to expand consumer access to health care through our work with Walmart,” said Steve Rusckowski, Quest Diagnostics chairman, president and CEO. “By providing laboratory testing and healthcare services where people also shop, we will make it easier for Walmart customers and their associates to get the quality diagnostic insights they need in convenient locations. We are excited to partner with Walmart, one of the world’s leading businesses with a passion for improving the lives of Walmart’s customers and associates.”
“At Walmart, we’re not only focused on providing accessible, affordable healthcare, but also working to extend our offerings – truly making our stores a one-stop shop for our customers’ everyday health and wellness needs,” said George Riedl, senior vice president and president, Walmart Health and Wellness. “We look forward to working with Quest as we operate in an increasingly dynamic and consumer-centric health care environment.”
Quest has been a leader in the movement for consumer empowerment in healthcare. The company has been a strong advocate of the effort to provide patients with direct access to lab testing in Colorado and Missouri, as well as through its Sonora Quest Laboratories joint venture in Arizona. More than five million patients track and access their lab results and health data through its myQuest by Care360™patient portal and mobile app. Other consumer offerings include genotyping test services on behalf of AncestryDNA, a service that today identifies and quantifies an individual’s ethnic origins based on results of DNA testing.Related Articles: