So Uber drivers won't be able to opt into the health service the same way that they opt into Uber Eats, a food delivery service. Rides can be scheduled anytime from immediately to up to 30 days in advance so that, in theory, a person can schedule a doctor's appointment and book a ride at the same time.
Since the facilities are willing to shell out their own dollars, then there must be a worthwhile benefit for them, the biggest one being a reduction in the amount of missed appointments, which costs the USA healthcare system more than $150 billion a year thanks to 3.6 million Americans who miss their schedules appointments.
Access for patients without a smartphone. The client then receives a text message on their device alerting them that the company or organization has booked an Uber ride for them, along with a terms of service link, and then you get a notice of wo will be picking you up and when, with a contact number and a link to a live, web-based map showing you where they are and where they're picking you up.
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If you're someone who values recording audio as much as they do video then there's good news on that front as well. Other features include the old standard MicroUSB port, FM Radio, Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm headphone jack.
The platform is HIPAA-compliant and has more than 100 health providers signed up already since it began beta-testing last summer.
The FTC also focused on Uber's alleged "God View" function, which enabled employees to track any user during a ride and view their data and ride history. Reporting on requested rides and viewing monthly billing statements, appointments, and scheduling reports is simple. The company says it worked with Clearwater Compliance, a leading HIPAA compliance company, to conduct comprehensive risk and compliance assessments.
Uber is making a foray into the lucrative business of healthcare.
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The list of healthcare organizations participating in the beta includes: Adams Clinical, Blood Centers of the Pacific, Georgetown Home Care, LifeBridge Health, MedStar Health, Manhattan Women's Health, NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center, Pro Staff Physical Therapy, ProActive Work Health Services, Project Open Hand, Renown Health, Thundermist Health Center and Yale New Haven Health. For those with particularly serious health complications requiring frequent follow-up visits and specialist appointments, Uber Health could be even more valuable.
What makes this service even better- riders don't need to have the app or even a smartphone to use it! "Knowing I had reliable and comfortable transportation to and from my oncology appointments was one less burden on a very long list." .
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