On the latest issue of Healthcare IT News, I read and article stating that Lyft Appoints Healthcare VP. Her name is Megan Callahan, and it looks like she has some great healthcare experience and some awesome credentials.
As someone fully invested in the medical community, and the current Chairman of Georgia Breast Cancer, I can’t tell you how happy I am that both Lyft and Uber are spreading their wings into the healthcare market. Yes, I am sure it is going to be an added revenue source, but that’s okay. It’s a great service to patients and a much needed solution to a long standing problem.
I have to laugh sometimes because healthcare as a whole is always the last industry to get involved in anything technical. Medical records is a good example of this. The healthcare field is still years behind the banking field, yet it is just as important, if not more. When I started Tier3MD in 2005, people wondered why I was “limiting” myself to providing IT support for only one industry. There are many answers to that. One, is it is a HUGE industry and there is plenty of room for everyone, two, at the time I started the company people were moving to electronic medical records so it was needed, and three, that is where most of my experience lied. Fast forward to 2018-2019, and I am still dedicated to only the medical field. After all these years, I never had to deviate outside healthcare to keep my company running.
Providing rides and rides haring at what I will assume will be a reasonable cost, is a win, win. A win for the patient, and a win for the hospital/practice as they are getting patients to come to appointments and procedures that may not be able too otherwise. Can you imagine how hard it is to receive radiation treatment for cancer patients when they come 30 days in a row and have no transportation? Plus, they don’t feel well and driving causes a huge danger to themselves and other drivers.
Lyft Appoints Healthcare VP
Because Lyft hired someone with extensive healthcare experience, I really think this is going to make a lot of difference for healthcare. They didn’t hire a business consultant to work with healthcare, they hired someone who truly understands it. I think that makes a huge difference and I am excited to see how this turns out.