Not to be outdone by Uber, Lyft just announced a partnership with electronic health records company Allscrips to help patients get to and from doctors' appointments.

Thanks to this partnership, the 45,000 physician practices, 180,000 physicians, and 2,500 hospitals that use Allscripts electronic health records software can now request a Lyft for their patients, the app-based car service announced.

The partnership comes after rival Uber last week launched Uber Health, a service that lets healthcare professionals order their patients a ride.

Lyft, meanwhile, says it's been working in the healthcare space for years, and has partnerships with some of the biggest players in the industry, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, LogistiCare, and now AllScripts. The company's tools help its partners schedule and manage "thousands" of rides a day, Lyft's Chief Business Officer David Baga wrote in a Monday blog post.

Still, every year, 3.6 million people in the US forego the medical care they need due to transportation issues, Baga pointed out, repeating a statistic Uber also recently referenced. Lyft is hoping to shrink that number to zero.


"By 2020, Lyft will reduce the healthcare transportation gap by fifty percent," Baga wrote. "And soon after, we'll eliminate transportation barriers to healthcare altogether."

To achieve that ambitious goal, Baga said the company will "continue to invest in solutions" for health care organizations.

"We're going to keep reaching out, keep equipping new partners, and keep evolving our services until no one in this country ever misses out on critical care because they can't get a ride," he wrote.

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