With increasing aim on modernization, the biggest healthcare systems of New Jersey are now taking up ridesharing at no additional cost out of pocket. Ridesharing is the millennial trend that hospital leaders expect and can assist them guarantee that patients with transportation hurdles can still get appropriate and timely care.
Hackensack Meridian Health this week announced that it has joined hands with Lyft, the ride-sharing firm, to make what it claimed was the first completely centralized & digital ride-share command center of the country to organize non-emergency transportation for people who have problem reaching to their checkup appointments. The initiative will start in Edison at JFK Medical Center and extend to all 16 hospitals in the coming months within the Hackensack Meridian network.
RWJBarnabas Health, which serves almost 5 Million individuals, revealed two days ago that it was associating with Uber Health to assist ambulatory individuals reach checkup appointments. Uber Health is a ridesharing service with a government issued medical transportation platform. The initiative, which will supplement current transportation services, will be obtainable at Jersey City Medical Center beginning next week. It will grow to help patients authorizing 10 other hospitals of the network and supporting supplier sites.
Leaders for both systems emphasized the significance of transportation in allowing patients to authorize proper preventative treatments and care for chronic diseases. This can assist them to control the overall cost of medical treatment and remain healthy. “Transportation problems must not stop anybody from reaching to a doctor’s appointment and vice versa,” claimed Robert Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian, to the media in an interview.
On a similar note, the leaders also highlighted to a research from the CTA (Community Transportation Association), a Washington DC-located trade group. The group discovered 3.6 Million people of the U.S. (comprising almost 1 Million kids) were late or missed the medical appointments due to transportation problems.