Walmart Health now has a patient referral partnership with Orlando Heath.
The health care concept from the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer joined with the nonprofit health care system on a care coordination agreement in the state. The work will allow the retailer and Orlando Health to coordinate patient care in Florida with a goal of improving patient outcomes during the transfer of care between providers, such as if a Walmart Health clinic patient needs medical services at a hospital or to see a specialist.
“By collaborating with Walmart Health and focusing on care coordination in the shared patient populations, we’ll be better positioned to more quickly identify patient needs,” Cary D’Ortona, senior vice president of Orlando Health and president of Orlando Health Medical Group, said in a prepared statement.
Retail health consultant James A. Gardner told Orlando Business Journal that Walmart Health offers a lot of general care, but there are some services it does not offer at its clinics which a system like Orlando Health does. That can be beneficial because the partnership can direct patients who need specialty services to the hospital.
Similarly, Ambetter from Sunshine Health is also now a preferred provider for Walmart Health in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Clay, Duval, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Walmart has over 386 store locations in Florida with 115,866 staff members in the state.