Getting to a doctor visit can be an obstacle for those patients who are trying to cope with physical and developmental disabilities, even though there are healthcare providers who are seeing their patients on an outpatient basis.
The healthcare industry has an opportunity to improve the lives of patients who live with disabilities. For the aim, it is advocating for stronger transportation networks.

According to some research, there are more than a half-million people with disabilities who never leave their homes. That is causing them debilitating isolation which exacerbates physical and emotional issues. The lack of reliable and safe transportation is often one of the reasons for whether a person gets the regular medical care they need or not. This adds up to an enormous societal cost in human suffering and healthcare costs.

There are more than 60 million adult Americans who live with a disability. Too many struggles to get to their doctors, to get to work and training, and to fully participate in their community.

Community service providers who provide programming for adults with disabilities fill the gaps left by public paratransit, family and friend networks. There are lots of urban centres that have a variety of agencies that provide transportation services along with training and social programs.

As technology is developing and social problems become more serious, there are technologies that are helping and changing people’s lives. Such tech is the new tailored software-as-a-service (SaaS) which is designed to support transportation that can result in better, less costly services. It will not only reduce costs but will also create a system that is more easily accessible to users and managed by staff.

Many of us know that technology is slowly replacing most of the traditional ways of managing a certain problem. That’s why adding a software solution can be one with an array of benefits, even though it can be intimidating financial consideration for a funds-strapped organization. If nowadays we rely on all these traditional methods for coordinating transportation such as hand-written schedules and phone calls, we can be sure that human mistakes will be really expensive, too. So, by adopting a digital solution, we can ensure that we will achieve efficiency and accuracy, beneficial to everyone who provides or uses these transportation programs.

When it comes to the patient’s safety and privacy issues, we need to know that they are at the forefront of technological solutions for care. In particular, scheduling systems for patient populations must be focused on providing safe and timely transport for the individual. There are solutions that are in a HIPAA-compliant, cloud-hosted platform. They can be integrated with providers’ existing infrastructure, in which providers can change, track and coordinate schedules.

There is no doubt that people with disabilities deserve to be heard when we talk about their care and mobility. Using a software solution that is geared specifically to serve a diverse population with different abilities gives users autonomy and freedom to manage their own schedules.

Are there other features that are ideal for a modern scheduling system?

Well, of course. It includes options for tailored individual transport preferences, trackable on- and off-boarding managed schedule changes and the ability to devise optimal routing under real-time circumstances.

Another solution that is created with providing compassionate care that is top of mind will also feature driver check-ins at pick-up, arrival, and drop-off back home. This will provide assurance both to the staff and the families who feel safe and comfortable when knowing that patients are secure and in good hands.

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Nikoleta Yanakieva Editor at DevStyleR International