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Can Uber and Lyft Solve the $150B Problem of U.S. Medical Transportation?

By Auto Tech Outlook | Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Can Uber and Lyft Solve the $150B Problem of U.S. Medical Transportation?

Healthcare Industry is joining hands with Uber and Lyft to remold the mode of transportation, which will save the providers from annual loss and will provide better care to patients.

FREMONT, CA: The Medicare sector transforms with changing time and era, but the transformation at the hands of digitization has recently picked up speed. The new methods are replacing the old ones to boost the industry.

The U.S. health system is facing a challenge in accessing affordable and convenient transportation. It has become more mandatory for the healthcare industry to improve the transportation system because the transportation issues cost around $150 billion annually.

Nowadays, even the transport industry wants to obtain technology as its core. That is why the industry is switching from conventional Transportation-as-an-Asset model to a modern business model called Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS). New transportation technologies such as smart cars, self-driving automobiles, next-gen GPS devices, high-speed rail networks, and gyroscopic vehicles are emerging to meet the challenges. The TaaS model is gaining popularity because of certain reasons like better scalability, low-cost, free storage, secure platform, data centralization and many more.

Tech-facing mobility companies like Uber and Lyft have come forward to help the healthcare industry. It can leverage the reach and advanced technical capabilities to help get patients to appointments and, will also, tap into a multibillion-dollar nonemergency medical transport (NEMT) market.

Due to the transportation issue, the people who live in the rural area face a litany of challenges to approach hospitals. They are more likely to struggle to access their clinician than a patient living in an urban or suburban area.

Sometimes a patient has access to a provider and can schedule an appointment, but transportation barriers can keep patients from seeing their clinicians. If the patient is physically unable to drive, or cannot afford the expensive transportation because of the financial obstacles often don’t get clinical care due to these issues. According to a recent statistics survey, more than three million patients go without care because they cannot get transportation to their healthcare providers. Healthcare industry is joining hands with specialized medical transportation services to resolve these issues. This community health partnership will enable hospitals to provide excellent care to patients on time.

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