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RWJBarnabas partners with Uber for patient transport

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RWJBarnabas Health has formed a partnership with Uber Health, a ride-sharing platform providing pre-scheduled rides for patients to get to and from health care appointments.

The service is initially being implemented at Jersey City Medical Center and, in the coming months, will expand across the System. Uber Health will complement existing transportation services at each of the RWJBH hospitals.

“We know transportation can be a barrier in accessing necessary health services and we are pleased to partner with Uber Health to help address this need,” said Barry Ostrowsky, CEO of RWJBarnabas Health, in a statement. “Our goal has always been to make health care more accessible and with Uber Health, we can reduce transportation barriers for patients traveling to primary care appointments and follow-up care visits, and provide a safe ride home after being discharged from the hospital.”

Jay Holley, head of partnerships at Uber Health, said “3.6 million Americans miss health care appointments every year due to lack of reliable transportation; we’re excited to partner with RWJBarnabas Health in efforts to eliminate transportation as a barrier to care.”

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