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Lilo H. Stainton | September 16, 2019 | NJ Spotlight |


University Hospital joins growing number of NJ facilities trying to eliminate big hassle for some patients — getting to the doctor and getting home

Patients with appointments for select services at University Hospital can now get free rides — via Lyft, or if needed, medical transport vehicles — thanks to a partnership the Newark hospital has established with a healthcare technology company focused on improving access to care.

Last week University Hospital, which has a unique public role in New Jersey, announced it has contracted with Hitch Health, a Minnesota-based firm that has developed a patient-friendly system to make it easier for patients to get appropriate transportation to medical care.

The service is currently available for appointments at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s program at the hospital, as well as certain outpatient pediatric and internal medicine visits, the hospital said. But officials said they plan to expand the service to help other patients as well.