Uber Health Expands Same-Day Prescription Service, Faces Stiff Competition

Uber Technologies, Inc. announced late last month that it would embed same-day prescription delivery on its Uber Health app, expanding the offerings available to its health care provider and payer customers. Although the feature could help patients adhere to their medications and save costs for employers, PBMs and health plans, Uber faces numerous competitors in a crowded field and could have challenges getting the delivery feature covered, according to health care experts who spoke with AIS Health.

Uber Health, which launched in 2018, is primarily used for coordinating non-emergency medical transportation of patients to and from hospitals and other health care facilities. The company entered the prescription delivery business in August 2020 through a partnership with NimbleRx in Seattle and Dallas. And two years ago, the company formed a partnership with ScriptDrop to make Uber the default delivery app for a network of grocery stores and independent pharmacies in 37 states. Those stores and pharmacies already had deals with ScriptDrop, a health care information technology company founded in 2016, so they gained access to Uber’s network of drivers.

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Tim Casey

Tim Casey

Tim has worked as a reporter and editor for more than 20 years. Before joining AIS Health in December 2021, he was a business reporter covering the commercial real estate industry’s capital markets for four years. He previously covered health care business issues for two medical publishing companies and high school, college and professional sports for the Sacramento Bee newspaper. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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