Thursday, April 6, 2017
Technology disruption in one field can precipitate a cascade of events resulting in a sea-change in another. In health care this is happening for transportation to hospitals.
Uber has found a new spot for transporting non-acute patients to emergency rooms. Some patients may also find it useful for events such as asthma and/or other non life threatening events.
Uber however may find itself in a legal dilemna transporting patients with medical conditions requiring assistance if interventions may be necessary.
At this point I would not expect Uber to be self-policing. They should require drivers to be BCLS certified and qualified in first aid. There are many scenarios that would call into question this practice.
For a trip to the ER, some are opting for Uber over an ambulance