One of the country’s largest pharmacy chains is testing a new concept for its stores. The concept is called health HUB, and it’s being tested in three Houston area at CVS stores. The concept reduces floor space for retail and seasonal items and expands space for health care and wellness.
In the near future, it might mean bringing your yoga mat when you pick up your prescriptions. Part of the concept includes space for yoga and other wellness classes and seminars. A licensed dietitian is on-site to hold classes and provide one-on-one consultations.
It’s part drug store, part health club, and part medical facility. In-store “MinuteClinics” may diagnose and treat basic illnesses. The company says nurse practitioners will also be capable of handling medical services such as blood draws, diabetic screenings, and assessment tests for sleep apnea.
CVS says it also expanding its personal service plans, which includes Health HUB pharmacists making calls and doing in-person consultations with patients to help monitor drug regimens.
As retail sales at its stores have remained relatively flat, CVS sees increased competition from online retailers such as Amazon. The online giant already has a commanding presence on the retail side and is moving into prescription drug delivery with its recent acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack.
CVS made its own major move when it acquired health insurance carrier Aetna Health. The company says the merged company will work to reduce health care costs by helping patients be healthier and making wellness care more available.
The company said it’s too soon to tell if they will roll out the concept at more stores in the future.