Opportunities in Delivery of Preventive Services in Retail Settings

  • Yaneer Bar-Yam
  • Dion Harmon
  • Keith Nesbitt
  • May Lim
  • Suzanne Smith
  • Bradley A. Perkins


Improving the US healthcare system requires not only providing care to the uninsured but also addressing a set of linked organizational and motivational issues, including enhancing the role of wellness and prevention. It is widely acknowledged that system organization is key to healthcare improvement [1]. Previous studies [2, 3] have pointed to separating wellness and prevention services from acute care as a central component of healthcare transformation. Even while chronic and preventable diseases have become the dominant cause of loss of life, incentives and perceptions limit the delivery of services that could prevent them [2]. A complex systems analysis implies that the optimal organizational structure depends critically on the scale of repetition and complexity of tasks to be performed. Applied to health care, the separation of acute care from selected preventive services should enable improved matching of organizational structure to function [3–5].



This work was supported in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yaneer Bar-Yam
    • 1
  • Dion Harmon
    • 1
    • 2
  • Keith Nesbitt
    • 1
    • 3
  • May Lim
    • 1
    • 4
  • Suzanne Smith
    • 1
    • 5
  • Bradley A. Perkins
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.New England Complex Systems InstituteCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Two Sigma Investments, LLCNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.School of Design, Communication & Information TechnologyUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  4. 4.University of the PhilippinesQuezon CityPhilippines
  5. 5.Speech Technology and Applied Research Corp.BedfordUSA
  6. 6.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  7. 7.Vanguard Health SystemsNashvilleUSA

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