Following Uber Health launch, Lyft offers more patient rides to appointments

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And, as patient confidentiality and security is also a factor, Uber has forged a partnership with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act risk-management company Clearwater Compliance, now the country's leading company in the field, to keep everything safe and sound, and completely compliant with current regulations. With Uber Health, healthcare organizations can see the exact route taken, the pickup and drop off locations, and the time the ride was taken.

'The burden on the platform and the health-care provider to ensure against something going wrong with the patient is a lot higher if the patient is calling the vehicle themselves, ' Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University, told the Atlantic. Allscripts hopes this EHR-integrated functionality will help to provide a reliable way for providers to schedule transportation for patients.

Each year, more than 3.5 million Americans can't get the care they need because they're unable to secure transportation to or from the doctor's office, Baga said.

Ensuring patients with transportation issues can get to doctors' appointments on time is one way to reduce problems related to social determinants of health. Like the new Uber Health service, patients who don't have a smartphone can still catch a ride that the health facilities arrange and set up on their behalf.

"Health IT should always put the patient first and this partnership is representative of Allscripts commitment to connecting communities and helping providers deliver services their patients need", said Allscripts CEO Paul Black.

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The ride-hailing firm has been testing Uber Health with a beta group of hospitals and doctors since July, but the service is officially launching starting on Thursday. Additionally, home healthcare services have taken advantage of Uber Health, using the rise-sharing service for staff to go to and from a patient's home.

Another source for information regarding Uber's new health program is the Uber Newsroom Website, which talks about the initiative in better detail. "We're even going to be introducing the option for riders to receive a call with trip details to their mobile phone or landline instead", Weber elaborates. "The stat is that missed appointments cost the healthcare system $150 billion per year", said Steingold.

'My health crisis was a lot to manage, ' a patient from San Diego said, according to Uber.

Call 911 if you have an emergency.

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