Blockchain Healthcare Startup Solve.Care, Uber Health Partner For Patient Transportbr>
Based in Estonia, Solve.Care offers a healthcare administration and care coordination platform that uses blockchain technology as the underlying distributed ledger for coordinating care, benefits and payments between patient, doctor, pharmacy, laboratory, employer, insurer, and all other parties. The firm’s Care.Wallet app is available for download in more than 80 countries on App Store and Google Play.
Launched by global cab-hailing firm Uber in 2018, Uber Health provides a ride-hailing platform available specifically to healthcare providers, letting clinics, hospitals, rehab centers and more easily assign rides for their patients and clients from a centralized dashboard – without requiring that the rider even have the Uber app, or a smartphone.
Under the partnership, Uber Health’s transportation solutions will be integrated into Solve.Care’s Care.Wallet, allowing patients to schedule Uber Health’s HIPAA compliant rideshare product to pre-approved and predetermined care appointments immediately or for specific day of the appointment. Care.Wallet with support for Uber Health is scheduled to be released within Q2 2019 and is expected to be deployed by a US insurer in Q3 2019.
“Every year, an estimated 3.6 million Americans miss their medical appointments due to a lack of reliable transportation, with the cost of missed primary care appointments estimated at US$150 billion annually,” said Dan Trigub, Head of Uber Health. “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.”
Pradeep Goel, CEO of Solve.Care, said that the partnership will bring managed transportation benefits to healthcare programs and allow 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,” said Goel. “We believe our partnership with Uber Health supports Solve.Care in our mission to become the leading global healthcare benefits administration solution and help eradicate barriers to care for patient populations.”