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Atlanta HealthTech Startup Looks To End Canceled Medical Appointments One Ride At A Time

by Maija Ehlinger

While the pandemic made telemedicine a staple in our healthcare ecosystem, it also highlighted the ongoing stress associated with getting to and from doctor’s offices for critical appointments.  

Transportation issues account for about half of all canceled medical appointments (totaling upwards of 3.6 million cancellations), says Dana Weeks. That comes with a hefty price tag of $150 billion overall and costs the average healthcare provider $150,000 a year. 

Those missed appointments added up for orthopedic surgeon Dr. Obi Ugwonali, who teamed up with Weeks to tackle accessibility and transportation issues around appointment times. MedTrans Go, as Week’s describes it, the Atlanta-based B2B platform is co-designed to solve a myriad of problems that plague healthcare providers, as well as improve access to care for vulnerable patients.”

“Our technology saves healthcare providers valuable time and money, eases the burdens of complicated patient care coordination, and provides real solutions to remove barriers that patients face accessing care,” she told Hypepotamus. 

 

 

Efficiency and accessibility is the name of the game for MedTrans Go as the team looks to tackle some of the healthcare ecosystem’s biggest strains. That means connecting transportation, interpretation, and delivery professionals with patients looking to get to local healthcare providers. 

That includes qualified drivers, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, and other skilled workers who can help connect patients with the healthcare options they need. 

I have always been interested in healthcare and the larger societal impacts as a result of inadequate healthcare and ways to improve,” Weeks told Hypepotamus.

Weeks says the company is at an “exciting juncture” as its Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services expand nationwide and it plans to expand its team to keep up with demand. The team is currently recruiting developers and sales/operations professionals

MedShift Go spent summer 2021 as part of Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab (MCIL) Cohort and is one of ATDC’s accelerate HealthTech companies. The team raised its first venture round late in 2021.

 

 

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