Ride service giant Uber has joined with the health startup Circulation to launch a patient-centric digital transportation platform that will be piloted with several major hospitals including Nemours Children’s Health System in Wilmington.
The non-emergency medical transportation service will also be available at Boston Children’s Hospital, Mercy Health System’s three acute-care hospitals and all-inclusive care program for the elderly in Pennsylvania, and is expected to roll out across six additional states in 2016.
“The traditional healthcare transportation model is severely outdated,” said John Brownstein Ph.D., co-founder of Circulation. “Every patient’s experience begins and ends with their ride, which is why the integration of Uber and Circulation offers a smart, digital transportation platform for healthcare that customizes rides around patients’ specific needs and ensures they get the care they deserve.”
Cited in this month’s Journal of the American Medical Association as an approach to the growing challenges in non-emergency medical transportation, Circulation is aiming to help improve health outcomes for the estimated 3.6 million Americans (including almost one million children) who miss medical appointments each year due to transportation issues.
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