I just had a great experience at a CVS Minute Clinic, which I documented here:
It’s been awhile since I revised this mega-trend, so here is an update.
So CVS has been busy. They changed their name to CVS Health, threw tobacco out of their store, and set out to create 900 “Minute Clinics”. These were intended to provide consumers with highly convenient access to nurse practitioners who were armed with the latest in diagnostic tools and online diagnostic protocols.
The latest? CVS now has 800 Minute Clinics in 28 states plus DC.
Walgreens now has 400 clinics. Their press recently has raised questions about whether they are rethinking their corporate strategy.
Seattle-based Arivale arrived on the scene in 2015, announcing their intention to revolutionize this space by brings LABS to the foreground, especially through genomics. What caught my eye then was the background of the CEO, Clayton Lewis, who was in genomics from the beginning with Genentech, and Lee Hood, who is a thought-leader in the area.
The latest? Well, the update on Arivale is this: they did indeed raise $40 million, and they now have a year’s experience with their “pioneers”. The pioneers are individuals who opted into this intensive longitudinal tracking. The pioneers were offered well-being coaches as well. There originally were 170 pioneers, and there now are over 1,000.
1. the Company says that well-being coaches are a winner. People like them and they say they really help keep them on track.
2. They are finding that it is difficult (impossible) to keep people focused on long-term risks.
3. They are finding that “experiences” – avoiding bad experiences and promoting good “experiences” is proving useful as a way to motive the pioneers.
I wrote about my own vision for this subject here, in 2014:
I wrote about Walgreens here:
2011 post on Walmart with Updates
I Wrote about Arivale here:
2015 post on Arivale
….and here are the two co-founders, on stage in March, 2016:
Lee Hood and Clayton Lewis
… an astute 2016 synopsis of what Arivale has learned is here:
2016 synopsis of Arivale learnings
…and a March 2016 article provides an update, including the acquisition of the Institute for System Biology:
March 2016 Article on Arivale
A good summary on Walgreens and CVS overall is here: