New Uber Partnership Taps Into Ethereum to Offer Medical Patients Affordable Rides
A new partnership between Uber and blockchain technology company Solve.Care aims to transform how patients and healthcare professionals can manage and coordinate medical appointments. The ridesharing giant’s healthcare subsidiary, Uber Health, a HIPAA-compliant technology solution for healthcare organizations that allows hospitals and other healthcare professionals to request, manage and pay for rides for patients and staff at scale, will integrate with Solve.Care’s wallet.
According to the announcement, Care.Wallet, a personal healthcare coordination and administration application, will connect to Uber Health for preapproved and predetermined care appointments, providing accessible and affordable rides to patients and caregivers.
Says Dan Trigub, head of Uber Health,
“Every year, an estimated 3.6 million Americans miss their medical appointments due to a lack of reliable transportation, with the cost of missed primary care appointments estimated at $150 billion annually. At Uber Health, we are always looking for ways to ensure that transportation is not a barrier to care. Via our HIPAA compliant solutions, we are working to facilitate rides for patients who might not have access or the ability to use smartphones and to improve access to care for patients with mobility issues. Our partnership with Solve.Care supports our efforts by bringing innovation to the healthcare space and driving greater accessibility to care for patients.”
Pradeep Goel, CEO of Solve.Care, says the partnership will bring managed transportation benefits to healthcare programs.
“By offering access to this Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) service, we expect to improve the results of clinical delivery, and reduce overall healthcare costs for everyone.”
Since Solve.Care is built on the Ethereum blockchain, each ride will be logged and recorded allowing patients to pay for rides from their Care.Wallet using Ethereum-based tokens, and also share ride costs with family members, employers and insurance companies. The platform also allows for coordination among patients, providers, employers and family members for better planning, assistance, arrival, payments and the scheduling of appointments.
While the initial roll-out with Uber Health is scheduled for the US in the coming months, Solve.Care plans to become the leading global healthcare benefits administration solution, transforming the industry by solving the issue of affordable transportation for patients.