Ride Health Raises $6.2 Million To Provide Smarter Transportation For Every Patient Need

By Dan Anderson ● January 14, 2020
  • Ride Health, a company that provides smarter transportation for every patient need, announced it raised $6.2 million in a seed funding round

Ride Health, a company that provides smarter transportation for every patient need, announced it has raised $6.2 million in a seed round of funding led by Activate Venture Partners. Newark Venture Partners, Anthro Ventures, BioAdvance, Leading Edge Ventures, and Startup Health also joined this funding round. This round of funding will be used for supporting its mission of ensuring that every patient has access to the care and resources they need to ensure good health.

What does Ride Health do? Ride Health has developed its real-time transportation coordination platform to overcome the challenges posed by traditional non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) systems. This is a big deal because millions of Americans struggle with transportation barriers that impact their ability to access quality health care. And patients and caregivers have difficulty navigating limited transportation options and providers lose billions from no-shows and delayed discharges. Plus care coordinators lack the necessary insights to make informed decisions on transportation options and insurers pay tens of billions in avoidable healthcare expenses due to lapses in care transitions and access related to transportation.

Ride Health’s web-based and mobile-enabled platform fixes these problems by connecting health plans and healthcare providers to a national network of high-performing transportation providers across all ride types and service levels, from public transit and ride-hailing to wheelchair-accessible vehicles and ambulances. And the platform ingests multiple data points, maps each patient’s needs and preferences, and coordinates optimal experiences for all stakeholders. In order to ensure high quality rides every time, the platform integrates with dispatch, clinical, and customer relationship management systems to bring real-time visibility, decision support, and data-driven performance management to the NEMT market.

“Healthcare organizations are increasingly recognizing the critical role that transportation plays in improving access to care and outcomes, but traditional approaches to medical transportation fail patients and providers at scale on a daily basis,” said Ride Health CEO and Founder Imran Cronk. “Ride Health is built to bring lasting and systemic change to this industry. We are setting the standard for real-time visibility at the intersection of healthcare and transportation, similar to what Flexport has done for global logistics. These efforts are made more challenging because we work with vulnerable patients who need access to life-sustaining care and contend with multiple social factors impacting their health.”

Ride Health provides a continuously improving network of transportation providers that compete on service quality and cost. And Ride Health tracks ride-level performance data and feedback to produce a rating of both the quality of service and cost of a ride. This performance management combines with a support platform that triages notifications of potential disruptions to notify a support team that can intervene in real-time. And the improved response time from this technology-enabled and human-driven approach to ride support results in an improved patient experience and a meaningful reduction in delays and complaints.

“Transportation plays a critical role in lowering the cost of healthcare by ensuring patients get the care they need when they need it,” added Todd Pietri, Managing Partner at Activate Venture Partners. “Ride Health empowers healthcare providers, payers, and patients to leverage technology and data to improve health outcomes at a lower cost. We feel fortunate to be in business with an innovative company addressing a large and attractive market with a powerful value proposition.”

For hospitals and health systems, Ride Health is known for helping patients access primary care, adhere to chronic disease treatment plans, receive post-acute follow up care, and get home safely after emergency department visits or hospital admissions. And healthcare providers across the country are using Ride Health to reduce appointment no-shows and late cancellations, improve on-time arrivals, reduce delayed discharges, and improve patient experience and outcomes.

Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine has been using Ride Health for arranging rides for patients from their homes to appointments and from the hospital to home thus contributing to reduced costs related to patient transportation in the outpatient setting and an average reduction in length of stay by 6 hours for patients qualifying for service within the inpatient setting.

“It can take three buses and an hour for a patient to travel three miles,” explained Roy Rosin, MBA, chief innovation officer of Penn Medicine, which includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “That’s a significant obstacle that many patients, especially those low-income or mobility-challenged patients, can’t overcome. Ride Health lets us order and track vehicles and has delivered a 98% rate of on-time arrivals, which dramatically cuts the high cost of a delay.”

Along with its work with health systems, Ride Health now supports transportation benefit management for health plans in 10 states, optimizing utilization across all transportation modes including mileage reimbursement, public transit, ride-hailing, wheelchair-accessible vehicles, ambulettes, and basic and advanced life support ambulances. And Ride Health handles roster management and eligibility screening for members, ride scheduling through its self-service Member Portal and managed contact center, and a real-time feedback system designed to reduce complaints and grievances. As a result, there are improvements in operational performance and available ride data drive lower costs, increased member satisfaction, and greater accountability.