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Patient population data rooted in urgent care visits could be invaluable to healthcare systems, especially with patients who don’t have a primary care physician. And, of course, urgent care operators want to be included in local provider networks. Current and emerging technologies, as well as growing emphasis on value-based care, make this the perfect time to strike formal partnerships to exchange electronic patient data, providing a path for both parties toward their goals. It’s incumbent on urgent care visionaries to establish build those bridges, though. Explore existing relationships to assess which partners might most benefit from what your business has to offer, or seek an outside consultant to help you make inroads (or even just to provide a fresh set of eyes on the possibilities). The reward could be increased patient flow, while the consequences of not acting could leave you on the outside looking in on the data revolution

New Data Exchange Models Serve Urgent Care’s and Payers’ Interests