Lyft partners with carpooling app Splt to provide non-emergency transport services

Splt, a carpooling app and service, has joined forces with ride-hailing app Lyft to give seniors rides to non-emergent healthcare appointments. The service is scheduled to begin with patients of Royal Oak, Mich.-based Beaumont Health in the fall.

Splt is an enterprise-focused ride-share service that enables co-workers who take similar routes to work to carpool. Through the new partnership, seniors will be able to request transportation to a Beaumont Health facility for non-emergency medical needs. Lyft will provide the drivers and Splt will handle scheduling, insurance reimbursement and reporting to healthcare systems, Anya Babbitt, Splt founder and CEO told Crain's Detroit Business.

To make the service more accessible to seniors, requesting rides will not require a smartphone. Users will be able to schedule rides online, by text messaging or on the phone.

According to Splt, current non-emergency medical transportation solutions are inefficient, causing 3.6 million Americans to miss or delay medical care due to lack of transportation access.

"We are grateful to be part of the inspiring Detroit story and we are compelled to work towards the betterment of NEMT in Detroit, and Michigan as a whole," Ms. Babbitt said in a Splt statement.

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