Parker said it is getting harder for elderly people — especially those with significant others who may be around the same age — to get to medical appointments or hospitals. “It’s much easier to put him in a ride-share and for [his wife] to assist him,” he said.
As the population ages and the demand for healthcare rises, the future of medical transportation is in ride-sharing services, experts say. Such arrangements will be a topic of conversation at Bisnow’s National Healthcare West event June 7 at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. Though there is a huge demand to develop medical facilities around public transportation stops, not enough healthcare providers are doing it yet, Parker said.
And living in car-centric Los Angeles, Parker said people still prefer using cars rather than public transportation, especially for a medical appointment or a minor procedure. “There’s an Orange [bus] line here that takes people all over the Valley but we’re not seeing any medical facilities being built around that line,” he said. “We haven’t seen that kind of development.” Missed appointments cost the healthcare industry $150B each year, according to several healthcare reports. The reasons for the no-shows vary — mostly from the patient side, such as forgotten appointments due to too much time between visits, a distrust of seeing a doctor, cost and other reasons.
But one of the single biggest reasons is lack of transportation.
Transportation apps are making their presence felt in hospitals, in EHR workflows – and even in federal policy discussions – giving access to appropriate care its due as a key social determinant of health.
New York-based company Cargo has launched in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore with the hopes of satisfying riders’ cravings.
Cargo is a box filled with snacks and other useful goods that rideshare drivers attach to the middle console of their car. Cargo has raised $5.5 million in venture funding to rapidly scale operations across the U.S. and recently launched in Boston after successful launches in New York, Chicago and Minneapolis. The startup plans to reach more than 25 million passengers across 20,000 vehicles in 2018.
If riders want a quick snack, forgot their charger on the way to the airport, or need to get rid of a headache, they can purchase products within a few steps on their phones.