Uber

A pilot program to make flu shots available through the car service may take "disrupting" health care too far.

If you opened your Uber app Thursday morning to find a tab labeled “Health” next to the usual choices of “UberX,” “Black Car,” and “Taxi,” you might have been a bit confused. Digging deeper into the app's menu revealed an UberHEALTH promotion. Uber, the order-up transportation of choice for office workers and drunk college students alike, offered free vaccines and flu prevention kits to riders in D.C., Boston, and New York City. This one-day pilot program was done in partnership with Vaccine Finder—a free, online service where people can locate immunization centers.

Uber claims to be “bringing the house call back with uberHEALTH,” noting that, "In 2013, the majority of US adults were vaccinated against the flu someplace other than their physician’s office."

This is one in a series of pivots Uber has made toward delivering services in addition to people: Other recent projects have included UberFRESH (a fast-food delivery service), uberRUSH (a package delivery service), and uberMILITARY (an effort by Uber to recruit veterans as drivers, with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates as advisory chair).

There’s something to be said for diversifying, but maybe Uber should stick to one thing and do it well. (Though, maybe continue with the Delivering a Box of Kittens to Your Workplace program.) With CVS
recently rebranding itself as CVS Health—a kind of neighborhood clinic as well as a drugstorethere's already one squicky new way to get medical care in a venue that few people immediately associate with stringent standards.

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