USA – Uber Health, the company’s healthcare division, has named Dr. Michael Cantor as its first Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Cantor’s over 20 years of leadership experience in the healthcare industry will allow Uber Health to continue developing innovative solutions that meet the needs of patients, clinicians, and care coordinators.

His experience designing clinical programs for older adults and vulnerable populations as a board-certified geriatrician provides him with unique insights into the most pressing gaps in care–and how technology can provide the flexible solutions needed to deliver care more efficiently.

I’ve seen first-hand how important leveraging transportation is in both improving clinical outcomes and creating care systems that allow patients to live independently in their community,” said Dr. Michael Cantor, Chief Medical Officer of Uber Health.

“That’s why I’m excited to join Uber as the team continues to build relevant solutions that aren’t just more efficient for healthcare providers but also help bring care more directly to patients at home on a community-wide scale.”

This news comes on the heels of Uber Health’s rapid growth. Rising demand for innovative patient transportation, critical deliveries, and other mobility solutions in the healthcare industry has resulted in a 71 percent increase in gross bookings for the business unit from Q4 2020 to Q4 2021.

Throughout 2021, Uber Health announced partnerships with healthcare innovators and expanded its customer base to over 3,000 healthcare customers.

The past year we have seen incredible momentum at Uber Health as more and more companies invest in technologies that leverage both transportation and delivery to solve access issues for their patients. As a technology company it’s important we do our best to meet our customers where they are; understand the pressing needs of patients, clinicians, and care coordinators; and thoughtfully integrate into their existing clinical workflows,” said Caitlin Donovan, Global Head of Uber Health.

In the last year, Uber Health has formed strategic alliances with healthcare industry to provide comprehensive patient care.

Accordingly, Uber has delved deeper into the prescription delivery business by partnering with the software firm ScriptDrop and its relationships with pharmacy chains.

ScriptDrop collaborates with pharmacies to improve and expand their medication delivery platforms, which should eventually lead to more Uber customers being able to take advantage of home delivery from the pharmacy they use.

Uber Health has also formed alliances with Papa, which connects seniors with college-aged caregivers; ModivCare, which works to connect patients with patient transportation, meals, and other in-home services.

Even more, Uber Health has been involved in key programs that have yielded promising results for patients with both clinical and social needs, such as its collaboration with Surgo Ventures to improve maternal health outcomes, and CVS Health to reduce health access inequality in the US.

Uber Health will use its new clinical expertise to continue developing solutions and relationships that improve access to care while lowering costs across the continuum of care and streamlining population health management for provider, payer, and benefit manager organizations.

Uber has also donated 10 million free or discounted rides for vaccination appointments over the last year and expanded its platform to include prescription delivery to better meet patients where they are.

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