Uber Health ties up with blockchain startup for medical transport rides

Uber Health, a wholly owned subsidiary of ride-sharing giant Uber, has partnered with blockchain healthcare startup Solve.Care to provide medical transport rides.

“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 Uber Health head Dan Trigub.

The partnership will allow patients to schedule Uber rides through Solve.Care’s Care.Wallet, a personal healthcare administrator app, which is expected to be released within Q2 of this year.

“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 Solve.Care CEO Pradeep Goel.

Uber is diving deep into the blockchain ocean. Last month, it became a founding member of the Libra Association, meaning one of the validator nodes for the association’s upcoming cryptocurrency Libra.