Uber unveils Uber Health to get patients to doctor's appointments

An Uber waits for a client in New York City. The company is partnering with health care organizations to provide patients with reliable transportation

Uber cites figures claiming that there are 3.6 million of these people in the country, which contributes to a 30% no-show rate.

An Uber Health API allows for integration into existing healthcare products, for transportation to be scheduled for follow-up appointments while still at the healthcare facility.

Uber recently launched their newest ride-share initiative, Uber Health, early Thursday morning.

Who pays for the service depends on the partnership. It is tough to imagine organizations like the NHS, which is already pretty cash-strapped, forking out for Uber rides for its patients, unless there were exceptional circumstances. Since then, trial participation has grown and patients have started staying in the studies longer, CEO Nelson Rutrick said.

"Uber has helped us drastically reduce appointment cancellations".

The data issue is particularly sticky with Uber, as its privacy policies have come under fire over the last few years. A handful did so previous year, though that number probably falls short of the actual total. A lot of that money is for people who can't drive - either because of age or poverty - and so Medicare and Medicaid providers foot the bill. By using a special dashboard, they can call rides so patients don't miss any of their appointments.

The ride hailing company does offer the option of ordering Wheelchair Accessible Vans, so-called UberWAV, via pilot programs in London, Toronto, Austin and Chicago, according to Uber's website.

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The company said in a press release they partnered with more than 100 healthcare organizations in the USA including hospitals, clinics and rehab centers.

Uber has announced a new tool to get patients to their healthcare providers.

Cost of the rides will be charged to the medical service in question, and will apparently be comparable with the price of Ubers hailed regularly via the app.

"It seems that we have an opportunity to get these patients a form of transportation with something that's reliable and will help us reach our goal of sustainable, preventative health care", says Shastri.

"We're not sharing any growth or revenue projections", Holley said.

"Right now this has been acutely focused on making sure that the operational side of this is strong and sound, and that the technology does what it's supposed to do".

Now Uber has figured out a pretty clever way of getting those people into Uber cars without even needing them to own a phone: have their doctor's office do it for them. This is important so the public can have the peace of mind all the time that the service complies with known standards. This is not meant to be an emergency system.

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