Lyft Is Trying To Disrupt Non-Emergency Medical Transport
The ride-sharing service is working to increase access to care by providing transportation to seniors and underserved markets
Lyft, the app that matches you with local drivers, has partnered with SPLT, an enterprise-first carpooling app and service, to provide Non-Emergency Medical Transport (NEMT) to underserved markets. This demographic, which consists largely of seniors, seek a reliable solution as 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical care each year due to being unable to access transportation.
Lyft and SPLT are offering a NEMT solution that is simple and efficient. Requesting transportation will be as simple as inputting a patient’s name, pickup and drop-off location, with a Lyft driver then matched to provide the ride. The companies are focused on reducing pre-booking times to a matter of hours and patient wait time to mere minutes. Their vision of increasing access to medical care will start in Michigan with pilots planned for Fall 2016.