Any car can get you from point A to point B; when it comes to letting a stranger poke and prod you, the privacy and safety considerations grow exponentially. Yet recently launched startups are showing that even the realm of HIPAA can be overtaken by companies promising instant solutions to illness and health care needs.
Here are five areas where you might see an Uber for health and medical services take off in 2016:
Startups that let you get flu shots, consult a doctor in person or over video chat about a cold, or otherwise deal with non-emergency medical situations without having to head into an office are plentiful and bound to grow in popularity as they start to partner with insurance companies.
Zwivel strartup allows users to consult with doctors about possible cosmetic surgeries over their computer or smartphone using photo and video.
Now you can get your teeth whitened in your living room by Manhattan Whitening Company. In the Bay Area, Studio Dental is among the services on wheels available to busy tech workers. Take out the burden of finding a dentist, making an appointment, and leaving the office for a cleaning, and people might find they no longer have excuses not to get their teeth in shape--except, of course, fear.
Mail-order medicine has been a thing for a while--it only makes sense to start getting your drugs Postmates- (or Uber-) style on-demand from your phone. New York City-based Zipdrug launched recently in New York City to offer this service. Through the app, users pay for their prescriptions and send a photo of their insurance card to the courier.
There are already a few Uber for babysitting startups out there, such as Trusted, which allows parents to arrange by mobile app for a background-checked sitter to care for their kids for a few hours. Honor is kind of like that for elderly care. The startup contracts with certified nursing assistants and others qualified to work with the elderly to allow seniors and their families to arrange for home care through a mobile app.