- Walmart Health on Tuesday announced a new Healthcare Research Institute
- The initiative aims to involve members of traditionally underrepresented communities in healthcare trials and studies
- Walmart Health opened its first Florida location earlier this year, with a total of five now operational across the state
Walmart Health announced on Tuesday that it is establishing a Healthcare Research Institute, coming just months after entering the Florida Market.
The research initiative, according to the company, aims to expand community access to patient services, which may lead to safer, higher-quality, and more egalitarian healthcare principles.
The Research Institute will focus on interventions and medications which can make a difference in underrepresented communities, particularly the inclusion of members from such communities in studies on chronic conditions and innovative treatments.
“At Walmart, we want to help ensure all our customers have access to high quality, affordable, and convenient healthcare resources, including innovative research,” said Dr. John Wigneswaran, Walmart’s Chief Medical Officer. “We know our customers are interested in participating in healthcare research, but many have not had access until now. We are already making an impact for our customers and for medical research, by raising patient trust and engagement in their care.”
According to Walmart, it is collaborating with a variety of study partners, including clinical research organizations, pharmaceutical firms, and prominent university medical institutes. The Research Center says that in its initial research, it obtained a referral rate three times greater than the industry norm.
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