Group to test new app that makes scheduling rides to follow-up medical appointments easier and more convenient for patients
SARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2015) — Voalte, the leader in healthcare communication technology, today announced at its inaugural client conference, VUE15, an initiative with Uber and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, to create a new Voalte application that could make scheduling transportation easier for people who need a ride to their doctors’ or medical appointments.
Via Voalte Platform, the company’s latest communication platform, the new application will integrate with Uber’s internet-enabled platform to give a pilot group of Sarasota Memorial patients discharged from the hospital a convenient option to pre-arrange rides through Uber for physician visits, lab work, rehabilitation or other post-hospital care that has been recommended.
“Transportation can be a challenge for older patients who no longer drive and don’t have a family member or caregiver immediately available to take them to their appointments,” said David Verinder, president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. “Voalte has been a reliable partner in other health communication endeavors, and we appreciate Uber’s national focus on health, quality and convenience. Our goal is to work with them to develop a solution that breaks down one of the barriers we know prevents patients from important follow-up care.”
Voalte, Sarasota Memorial and Uber will spend the next year refining and testing the app with a target group of Sarasota Memorial patients interested in the Uber option.
“The pilot program is a great example of the broader utility of Uber,” said Matthew Gore, General Manager, Uber Florida.
“Uber is a lot more than a transportation app. It is a platform that is meant to be utilized to help address local industry and community challenges,” said Gore. “This innovative initiative with Voalte and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a great example of how communities can leverage Uber’s local infrastructure and logistics to help improve the lives of those in need.”
Trey Lauderdale, founder and CEO of Voalte, said while the immediate goal is to offer assistance to the families of Sarasota County, the new app is meant long-term to serve as a model for other areas of the country facing their own healthcare transportation issues.
“Sarasota Memorial has been a valued partner over the past seven years, and we’re excited to continue to collaborate with them on the next phase of value-added solutions enabled by Voalte Platform,” said Lauderdale. “We are thrilled to incorporate Uber in our continuous efforts to improve patient care coordination.”
Uber is evolving the way our communities move. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, Uber makes cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. With a goal of expanding access to safe, reliable transportation for all, Uber is helping to bring people and their communities closer together. For more information, visit www.uber.com
About Sarasota Memorial
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 819-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly for superior patient outcomes while its network of outpatient medical campuses offers the region’s most comprehensive continuum of care – from urgent care clinics and physician practices, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and more. For information, visit: www.smh.com
Voalte develops smartphone solutions that simplify caregiver communication. As the only company to offer a comprehensive Mobile Communication Strategy, Voalte enables care teams inside and outside the hospital to access and exchange information securely. Voalte customers benefit from a solid smartphone infrastructure that supports their existing systems and expands to accommodate future technologies.
Founded in 2008, Voalte is a privately held company based in Sarasota, Florida. Over 75,000 caregivers use Voalte products every day. For more information, visit voalte.com or follow @Voalte on Twitter.