Uber Wants To Take You To The Hospital

Uber Health Will Drive You To Doctor's Appointments

The big idea: Transportation is a problem for healthcare, and millions of people miss appointments every year because they don't have a ride.

Additionally, in New Orleans, Uber has a platform called Uber ASSIST for individuals with mobility issues.

Uber Health's creation was rooted in some alarming statistics about patient care and healthcare client absentee rates.

Healthcare providers will cover the cost of rides, and Uber says more than 100 healthcare organization in the US have participated in a beta test.

It makes sense when you realize that older people are less likely to own a smartphone, or any kind of mobile device, for that matter, which they would need to be able to use Uber.

Uber is growing its enterprise-facing business, this time partnering with health care organizations to get patients to their medical appointments.

On Thursday, the Californian transportation company announced Uber Health, a new service targeted at healthcare providers in the US.

As great as Uber Health sounds, it's perhaps understandable to be a bit skeptical of the service given Uber's track record when it comes to handling sensitive data. Since Uber Health would be a boon for countries where auto ownership is low.

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Chris Weber, General Manager of Uber Health, said in a statement to The Verge, "We built this service from the ground-up in a fully HIPAA-compliant technology stack.It was architected from Day One".

If a lack of reliable transportation has prevented you or a family member from getting the medical attention you need, Uber may have a solution.

Healthcare professionals can sign their organization up with Uber Health right now via its official website.

In this June 11, 2014 file photo, a demonstrator carries a mock coffin with a message reading "They want to kill us - Uber" during a 24 hour taxi strike and protest in Madrid, Spain against unregulated competition from private companies, in particular, Uber.

"Uber is already where the patient lives", he said.

To meet the medical privacy standards outlined in the federal HIPAA law, drivers won't know which of their passengers are using Uber Health. It is publicly available from today in the USA, though there is no word yet on a future rollout in other countries.

Spokesperson Laura Murray said the insurer found that covering transportation expenses helps patients keep regular appointments and preventive care visits, which can include things like flu shots or checkups.



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