Uber Health launches with tools to help patients get to medical appointments

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As a patient, you don't even need to have a smartphone to take advantage of this new service.

"Uber's endeavors into health care trace back to 2014, when Uber first offered on-demand flu shots in large markets across the US", he said, regarding the genesis of the focus on health within Uber.

Patients also noted that Uber Health made getting to and from their appointments much easier. Hospitals, doctors and other providers could be eager to pay for those rides if it means more on-time appointments and fewer no-shows - which translates into more revenue in their pockets. For those with particularly serious health complications requiring frequent follow-up visits and specialist appointments, Uber Health could be even more valuable. However, the ride-sharing company promises their Uber Health program is fully HIPAA compliant, saying they designed the service's dashboard with healthcare privacy and security standards in mind. They can use the platform to schedule rides for patients in advance, manage all requested rides in real-time, as well as to view ride history and manage billing. Drivers will still use the Uber smartphone app to pick up these passengers.

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It has a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio in a 19:9 format with a 2246 x 1080 resolution, which inevitably leaves it with a notch . The device will be available in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants with 64GB of Internal Storage Memory as default memory on the device.

The auto can either be sent to the patient's house, or it can pick patients up at a medical facility and take them home. Local health officials say it could revolutionize the medical industry. According to JAMA Internal Medicine, about 3.6 million Americans miss health care appointments every year because of issues with transportation. Missed appointments cost the medical system more than $150 billion a year.

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

One such partner in the beta test is Georgetown Home Care, a private duty home care provider based in Washington, D.C., which sees the service as a way to keep clients out of assisted living centers and in their homes longer. "If somebody is at the hospital and they're ready to get sent home, and they don't have a convenient or reliable ride, our customers tell us it's good business for them to help coordinate a ride home, making sure that patient has a good experience, and then, on some level, making sure that they can get that room cleaned up and let somebody who might need it a bit more use it". Patients' personal Uber accounts are also not connected to the ride hailed by the health care provider, according to Holley. The company has supported numerous smaller health related efforts, including offering free rides to breast cancer screenings in the United States and diabetes and thyroid testing in India.