Uber Health and Ethereum Startup Partner Up To Transport Patients with Solve.Care
The ride-sharing company Uber has recently decided to take an important step in order to connect with the blockchain technology to improve its services. Uber Health, a subsidiary of the company, has granted access to its fleet to a blockchain company called Solve.Care.
Solve.Care is focused on the Ethereum blockchain and its goal is to connect all the healthcare system together. The service is expected to go online later this year.
The main idea is that the clients of the platform will be able to take care of all the process of going to the doctor using the technology. For instance, they can schedule their appointments and book rides using the service.
Now, with the Uber subsidiary working together with them, this has opened Uber’s doors to crypto. Clients will not need to pay Uber drivers with their crypto, they can easily just use fiat instead if they wish to. Drivers will also have access to a range of payment options. The service will also help the patients to share the costs of the service easily with their insurance, too.
According to Dan Trigub, the Uber Health head, this is just the beginning of the change. He, who earlier worked on Lyft, affirmed that the partnership will be expanded soon.
Uber Health was originally created back in March 2018. Trigub affirmed that several companies are already using the API of the company and it was created in order to be fully compliant with the U. S. Health Insurance Portability.
The service is specialized in offering rides for people who do not want to miss their appointments and has been doing great so far.
Solve.Care works in a similar way and it shares an interest in not letting the patients losing their appointments. According to it, around $150 billion USD is lost annually due to missed appointments, a huge number that could have been avoided with a better structure surrounding this system.
The company was originally founded last year in Tallinn, Estonia. It had an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), just like many other blockchain-based startups that were created recently. While the all-time high of the tokens was $0.51 USD, their price has doubled since the beginning of the year and now it stands around $0.32 USD.
Solve.Care’s CEO Pradeep Goel affirmed that using an open-source platform such as Ethereum can be good in order to eliminate redundancies and to help clients to find doctors and reducing insurance fraud. The goal of the company is to eliminate most of the costs and issues that can get in the way of patients receiving their treatment.
Uber And The Blockchain
This is far from the only time in which Uber is linked to cryptocurrencies. Now, the technology that was popularized by Bitcoin is starting to be taken more seriously by companies.
For instance, the company is now focused on joining other 26 companies at the Libra Association. This association will be responsible for running Facebook’s Libra token, a global stablecoin that will be launched next year.