Recently, Lyft and Hitch Health (a technology company specializing in integrating health records with ride hailing platforms) released findings of a year-long pilot program conducted at a health clinic in Minneapolis, where Hitch Health’s automated short message service (text) technology offered Lyft trips to patients needing a ride. At this specific clinic, the cost to […]
[In a survey] two-thirds of the doctors who responded felt their patients would be better off if they had access to transportation their medical appointments. Yet, only 1% of physicians felt they were responsible for helping their patients get those rides. Just three felt their staff was responsible while 89% felt that neither they nor […]
One pilot with the Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA), called HealthTran, found that for every $1 invested in transportation, the hospital earned $7.68 in reimbursement.
Hitch Health’s national rollout was preceded by a six-month pilot phase in the Twin Cities area. The startup said it partnered with Lyft during the trial period to find and offer its service to “at-risk populations” that go through HCMC or any of the primary care clinics run by Hennepin Healthcare. Results of the test […]
The total cost of missed healthcare appointments in the United States every year is an astronomical $150 billion. Each open, unused time slot costs a physician 60 minutes and $200 on average. Now factor in that no-show rates are as high as 30% nationwide, and you can see how that $150 billion figure is reached.