Friday, June 30, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin rideshare shares more

On Thursday, Community Care Collaborative, Dell Medical School and RideAustin announced a new partnership that will bring rideshare services to low-income residents of Travis County to help them access health care. The plan comes out of a Transportation Empowerment Fund grant from the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority that was awarded to the CCC in March. The pilot program will provide patients with free transport to medical appointments and pharmacies – targeting those with the greatest needs in the CCC network first. At the moment, according to a press release about the program, “Dell Medical School’s Design Institute for Health is analyzing and researching the CCC patient population’s specific needs and how this program will improve existing voucher programs – seeking to understand the technological literacy of the population and people’s usage of data plans and apps. The Design Institute will help with the selection of patients and their on-boarding and training for an initial prototype, which is scheduled to launch in August.” In that same press release, RideAustin CEO Andy Tryba explained, “One of our goals when starting RideAustin was to make transportation and rideshare services more accessible to areas of the community that are currently underserved by traditional mobility services. We’re proud to partner with the CCC and Dell Medical School to leverage our on-demand platform and help members of the Austin community get to and from doctors visits.”

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