Almost 3.6 million American miss or delay medical appointments and procedures because they don’t have the mobility to go or transportation options. With an aging Baby Boomer population and a longer expected lifespan for those in the U.S., companies are now searching for ways to help them get the care they need. Ride-hailing app Lyft and on-demand caregiving start-up CareLinx recently announced a partnership to make sure the elderly can alway get a lift with CareRide.
While there are medical apps like Apple Watch’s SOS feature, that could help the elerdly in an emergency, a service like CareRide provides assistant in nonemergency situations like routine check-ups or socializing with friends.
Family members, caregivers, and patients themselves virtually “hail” rides through the CareLinx app — a separate Lyft account is unnecessary. The requester receives up-to-the-minute information on where the patient is, and there’s the additional option of having a CareLinx caregiver take the ride with the patient. The platform is available on mobile devices and email too, so those without a smartphone can use it.
“Disruptor” transportation companies like Lyft and Uber have become the norm, and recently started to integrate their services with the health care sector. Last fall, Uber paired with Passport Health to distribute flu vaccines. And Lyft has been partnering with major health care organizations like National MedTrans Network and GreatCall to provide services similar to CareRide.