Lyft, Uber driving into healthcare services

Uber health

The move marks a continuing evolution of a service delivery model Lyft previously piloted with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The new partnership is part of a growing effort from Lyft - and its ride-hailing competitor Uber - to partner with health care organizations to arrange rides for patients who need assistance getting to doctor's appointments.

In a blog post, Lyft's chief business officer, David Baga, wrote how the company discovered in 2015 that ridesharing services could be used to help people who may have trouble getting access to healthcare. The company expects the deal to allow 180,000 physicians to request nonemergency transportation for patients.

Similar to the regular Uber app, on Uber Health, organizations can keep track of their trips and costs.

The problem predominantly affects senior citizens and lower-income patients.

A survey of Boston Uber users found that most said they would have used public transport, walked, or biked to their destination if the ride-sharing service was unavailable.

The ride-hailing service introduced its concierge platform to health-care providers a little over two years ago so doctors' offices and hospitals could order transportation for people.

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"Health IT should always put the patient first and seize every opportunity to help improve patients' access to care", Allscripts CEO Paul Black said in a statement. Coordinators can schedule rides on behalf of patients, caregivers and staff to take place immediately, within a few hours, or up to 30 days in advance.

Real world use cases of this solution by American Medical Response, American Logistics Company, CareLinx, GoGo Grandparent and One Call have already delivered solid results. Health care organizations, of course, will make more money if those figures can be reduced.

The announcement comes on the heels of rival Uber's launch of Uber Health last Thursday. To help solve the problem, the ride-share giant, Uber, has made a decision to take advantage of what it sees as an opportunity and establish Uber Health.

The company stressed that Uber Health complies with HIPAA patient privacy laws. Riders don't need the Uber app, or even a smartphone, to get a ride with Uber Health because it's all done through text message.

The dashboard also comes with a printable sheet allowing the doctor to circle the incoming Uber's auto color and write down the license plate number.

With both Uber and Lyft, health care providers use a custom desktop platform that allows them to schedule multiple rides at once.

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