Uber launches service to help people get to the doctor's office

If they say yes, Allscripts' system will communicate with Lyft's to identify the date and time then book the ride. The functionality will provide an easier way for patients without access to transportation to make it to doctors' appointments.

Every year, there are 3.6 million Americans who miss their doctors' appointments, mostly because they don't have access to reliable transportation. Additionally, 25 percent of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled their appointments due to lack of transportation, Lyft says.

"Our partnership with Allscripts is an important next step towards reaching our goal of cutting in half the number of Americans that face transportation issues to medical appointments by 2020, as we work to ultimately improve people's lives with the world's best transportation", Renwick continued.

Allscripts Sunrise EHR supports clinicians in inpatient, ambulatory, and emergency care settings, among others.

Hospitals and doctors are flocking to the alternative for the same reason millions of individuals have tapped on an app to call a ride: It's a cheap, door-to-door option you can track at a glance. When patients schedule appointments, Allscripts' system will ask if they need transportation.

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Furthermore, tracking boards will offer providers and their care teams real-time notifications about patient pickups and estimated times of arrival (ETA). For those without a smartphone, healthcare organizations can provide a 1-pager where they write down all the details of the ride and hand it to the patient in advance.

In addition to Allscripts, Lyft has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sutter, CareLinx, as well as GoGoGrandparent, all of which aim to help patients secure Lyft rides for medical care.

Uber, now the world's largest ride-sharing company, is partnering with various healthcare organizations to offer rides to and from healthcare facilities.

Healthcare IT company Allscripts and rideshare provider Lyft have partnered to provide non-emergency transportation for people who need to get to medical appointments, the companies announced Monday at HIMSS18. Unstable housing, low income, unsafe neighborhoods, substandard education, and transportation problems can negatively influence a patient's health. Just a few days after Uber announced the launch of Uber Health, Lyft followed suit, partnering with Allscripts to enable clinicians to order the Lyft service for their patients.

  • Ronnie Bowen