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Blockchain healthcare startup teams up with Uber Health for patient transport

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Thu, 11 Jul 2019, 05:08 am UTC

A recent partnership between global cab-hailing firm Uber and blockchain-based healthcare startup Solve.Care was announced that involves the transportation of patients to health facilities.

In a recent press release detailing the goals and targets of this new initiative, it was noted that millions of Americans are not getting the healthcare they need due to transportation issues. This is what this new partnership is meant to address. Head of Uber Health, Dan Trigub said as much in the post.

“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," Trigub said.

Solve.Care CEO Pradeep Goel gave his impressions on the partnership and what he expects from it, as well. More than anything else, it is the more efficient delivery of healthcare services and reduction of costs that interest him most.

“Through our partnership with Uber Health, Solve.Care is bringing managed transportation benefits to healthcare programs and allows transportation to be integrated into the specific care needs of a patient. 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,” Goel said.

This is just one of the results of blockchain’s huge potential in changing the medical landscape, Cointelegraph reports. This is something that medical industries throughout the world are becoming more aware of.

Last month, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals partnered with Solve.Care to launch a blockchain-based patient-centric care network on the Solve.Care platform. Arizona Care Network (ACN) then announced that it will soon enable its patients with diabetes to use the healthcare blockchain network to manage their disease and optimize care with their physicians and families.

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