Uber wants to make it easier for people to get to and from doctors appointments.
Called Uber Health, the service lets doctors hail a ride for patients, even if they don't have a smartphone.
Depending on the patient's needs, an Uber can be called immediately, within a few hours or with 30 days' notice.
The car can either be sent to the patient's house, or it can pick patients up at a medical facility and take them home.
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Uber on Thursday announced a service that's meant to help ferry passengers to and from hospitals, doctor appointments, rehab clinics, senior care facilities and other places
Uber has partnered with more than 100 healthcare organizations in the U.S. to launch the service, including hospitals, clinics, rehab centers, senior care facilities, home care centers and physical therapy centers.
The ride-hailing firm has been testing Uber Health with a beta group of hospitals and doctors since July, but the service is officially launching starting on Thursday.
Uber Health can be accessed either as an online dashboard or as an application programming interface (API) that software developers can integrate into their own healthcare systems.
The company stressed that Uber Health complies with HIPAA patient privacy laws.
Passengers don't need a smartphone or the Uber app in order to use the service because Uber Health sends riders notifications about their car via text message.
The dashboard also comes with a printable sheet allowing the doctor to circle the incoming Uber's car color and write down the license plate number.
Uber partnered with over 100 health organizations to beta test its new service, called Uber Health. The company stressed that it complies with HIPAA patient privacy laws (file photo)
Uber is rolling out a new service catered to helping patients get to and from medical facilities
Dubbed Uber Health, the firm has been beta testing the service with more than 100 health organizations
The service is officially launching on Thursday
Doctors can call an Uber to pick up a patient at their home or to drive a patient back to their house
Riders don't need the Uber app or a smartphone, as the platform notifies them of their Uber via text message
Doctors can also print out a form with information about the car's color, make and license plate
Here's where Uber Health picks up and drops off patients:Hospitals Clinics Rehab centers Senior care facilities Home care centers Physical therapy centers Blood donation centers Cancer treatment centers
Uber wants to expand the service so that passengers with landlines can get trip details that way, the Verge noted.