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How One 'Disrupter' Plans to Ease Your Crowded ED

Analysis  |  By Eric Wicklund  
   April 22, 2024

"What makes us different is we're offering [patients] immediacy."

A new disruptor is taking aim at the healthcare industry’s busiest site: The Emergency Department.

Concierge care programs designed specifically for urgent and emergency care are finding support from consumers who don’t want to wait several hours in an ED, along with primary care providers who don’t want to send their patients there. The service offers a cash-only alternative to the ED and could pull more patients away from hospitals and health systems.

“The experience [of an ED] is so challenging,” says Brad Olson, CEO of Sollis Health, which operates 11 clinics in New York City and the nearby Hamptons, as well as California and South Florida, and serves some 18,000 members. “What makes us different is we’re offering [patients] immediacy.”

Launched in 2016 in New York as Priority Private Care, Sollis is building a business model through partnerships with consumers, primary care providers, and businesses who want to avoid the traffic and time spent in an ED, which sees more than 130 million visits a year. The company offers a concierge care model that bypasses payers, and also offers a range of services that include diagnostics, labs and vaccines, virtual care, specialty care, even house calls.

The model adds another wrinkle to the crowded urgent care market, where hospitals and health systems are already competing with retail and stand-alone urgent care clinics that not only pull patients out of the ED, but offer additional resources and connections that pull a patient further outside the health system’s orbit of care.

Olson is quick to point out that Sollis Health is a disruptor, but not necessarily a competitor to health systems and hospitals—he notes the company has partnerships in place with more than 30 health systems for everything from ED services to specialty consults. He notes one clinic is located not far from Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and is partnering with the hospital even while giving consumers an alternative to Cedars-Sinai’s ED.

The ’disruptor’ moniker is important. Olson, a former executive with Peloton and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, brings a retail mentality to healthcare that is propelling companies like Amazon, Walmart, and Walgreens in the healthcare space. He notes that consumers are turning away from hospitals and health systems because of the complexity and cost of healthcare, and they certainly don’t want to wait several hours in a crowded hospital waiting room for fragmented care that leads to more scheduled visits in other locations.

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Eric Wicklund is the associate content manager and senior editor for Innovation, Technology, and Pharma for HealthLeaders.

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