Uber Health wants to help with transportation to your next doctor appointment

The message a patient receives along with the dashboard that the healthcare organisation booking the ride sees.   Uber

Weber added that about 3.6 million Americans miss medical appointments as a result of the lack of reliable transportation.

"Uber doesn't really offer that yet", says Needham. Text messages will alert patients about their rides, which are covered by providers, and they will be picked up by Uber drivers. "Even if a platform is HIPAA-compliant, providers risk potential imposition of stiff penalties for data breaches, and business associate agreements should be implemented between providers and ridesharing companies", legal consultants from Carlton Fields wrote in a 2016 note entitled "Offering Ridesharing Services to Patients: Uber Risky?"

More than 100 healthcare organizations in the USA, including hospitals, clinics, rehab centers, senior care facilities and physical therapy centers are already using Uber Health as a part of the beta program that began last summer.

Uber has announced Uber Health, a service that lets healthcare companies book rides for patients.

To date, over 100 healthcare organizations have signed on to use the platform, thanks to a private beta that began last July.

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With the new service, Uber Health ultimately hopes to remove the transportation barrier that many people face on the path to obtaining medical care. If Uber Health doesn't train its drivers properly or include vehicles created to accommodate wheelchairs, walking aids, people with difficulties communicating verbally, and other aspects of disability, the platform will not serve a huge portion of the population who could benefit from it most.

Whorley, who has been driving for Uber for more than two years, is more skeptical about picking up people without smartphones. The company is positioning itself as a cheaper and more reliable option than most non-emergency medical transportation.

Uber's competitor Lyft also has several partnerships with healthcare organizations.

If you look at the breakdown of Uber's demographics, the company is pretty evenly split when it comes to gender, as well as its urban versus suburban users, according to a survey done by GlobalWebIndex of over 1,300 Uber users in 2017.

Everyone needs to visit a doctor at some point, but not everyone can drive there. "If you get penalized (for not following up with patients), there's incentive for you to track them better, and sometimes that means helping them get to you".

Secondly, if one of the basic ideas for the service is that public transport is rubbish, this might be a bit of an oversight.



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