Michael Cantor JoinsUber Health as the First Chief Medical Officer

Michael Cantor JoinsUber Health as the First Chief Medical Officer

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, February 21, 2022

Following recent momentum and a 71 percent increase in gross bookings for the business unit, Uber reaffirms its commitment to meeting the therapeutic requirements of populations at scale

FREMONT, CA: “I've seen first-hand how important leveraging transportation is in both improving clinical outcomes and creating care systems that allow patients to live independently in their community," states Dr. Michael Cantor, Chief Medical Officer of Uber Health. Uber Health, Uber's healthcare subsidiary, has hired Dr. Michael Cantor as its first Chief Medical Officer. As a board-certified geriatrician with extensive expertise in establishing clinical programs for older persons and vulnerable populations, he has unique insight into the most critical gaps in care and how technology may provide the adaptable solutions necessary to deliver care more efficiently. Dr. Cantor's more than two decades of leadership expertise in the healthcare business will enable Uber Health to continue developing new solutions that meet the needs of patients, physicians, and care coordinators.

"That's why I'm excited to join Uber as the team continues to build relevant solutions that aren't just more efficient for healthcare providers but also help bring care more directly to patients at home on a community-wide scale," adds Cantor.

“The past year we have seen incredible momentum at Uber Health as more and more companies invest in technologies that leverage both transportation and delivery to solve access issues for their patients. As a technology company it's important we do our best to meet our customers where they are; understand the pressing needs of patients, clinicians, and care coordinators; and thoughtfully integrate into their existing clinical workflows," states Caitlin Donovan, Global Head of Uber Health. “That's why we're proud to welcome Dr. Cantor to our team. With his expertise, Uber will be able to take an important next step in addressing holistic needs across the healthcare ecosystem. Coupled with our strategic partnerships across the industry, Uber Health is now better positioned than ever to scalably address issues that make healthcare frustrating, inefficient, and expensive for patients and providers.”

This development comes on the heels of Uber Health's meteoric expansion. The growing demand for innovative patient transportation, vital deliveries, and other mobility solutions within the healthcare industry resulted in a 71 percent increase in gross bookings for the business unit between Q4 2020 and Q4 2021. They have launched agreements with healthcare innovators throughout 2021 and increased their customer base to over 3,000 healthcare customers.

Uber Health has formed significant collaborations with healthcare industry heavyweights such as Papa, Scriptdrop, and ModivCare to enable complete patient care over the last year. Uber Health has been a part of several effective programs that have demonstrated promising results for patients with clinical and social needs, such as its collaboration with Surgo Ventures to improve maternal health outcomes.

Uber Health will leverage its newly acquired clinical knowledge to continue building solutions and collaborations that improve access to care while lowering costs throughout the continuum of care and improving population health management for provider, insurer, and benefit manager companies. Uber has donated ten million free and cheap rides to vaccination appointments over the last year and expanded its platform to include prescription delivery to better meet patients where they are.

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