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Blockchain startup Solve.Care signs up Uber Health as a partner

The deal builds on an collaboration with Lyft announced earlier this year which opened up the company’s Care.Wallet application to the rideshare company’s healthcare customers.

Estonian startup Solve.Care, which has developed a blockchain platform for secure healthcare coordination, administration and payments has partnered with Uber Health as it looks to enable the technology’s increased use in healthcare transportation.

Through the new partnership, users of Solve.Care’s Care.Wallet healthcare application will be able to schedule Uber Health rides to medical appointments and pay for the rides through the platform.

The service is expected to launch in the coming weeks and also allows for costs to be shared with family members, insurers and employers.

The deal builds on an collaboration with Lyft announced earlier this year which opened up Care.Wallet to the rideshare company’s healthcare customers.

“Via our HIPAA-compliant solutions, we are working to facilitate rides for patients who might not have access or the ability to use smartphones, and to improve access to care for patients with mobility issues. Our partnership with Solve.Care supports our efforts by bringing innovation to the healthcare space and driving greater accessibility to care for patients,” Uber Health’s Dan Trigub said in a statement.

Blockchain has been positioned as a key technology to improve healthcare transparency and interoperability, enhance patient care and cut costs in the process. Current applications range from creating more accurate provider directories to more effectively protecting drug product integrity.

Since its launch last year, Uber Health has been hard at work at opening the rideshare company’s offerings to healthcare stakeholders.

A few notable recent partnerships include a deal with care coordination company Carisk Partners to provide medical transportation to injured workers and a collaboration with San Francisco-based Grand Rounds to make it easier for the company’s care coordinators to schedule rides for patients.

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