Uber's healthcare arm has hired its first chief medical officer, the ride-sharing company announced Tuesday.
Dr. Michael Cantor, a geriatrician with more than 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare, previously was chief medical officer at senior-care technology company Intuition Robotics, health insurer Bright Health and home health benefit management company CareCentrix, according to a news release.
Cantor has designed clinical programs for older adults and vulnerable populations, according to Uber. At Uber Health, he'll work on applying the company's technology to address gaps in care, integrate it into clinical workflows and bring care to patients at home.
"I've seen first-hand how important leveraging transportation is in both improving clinical outcomes and creating care systems that allow patients to live independently in their community," Cantor said in a news release.
Cantor's role is part-time, an Uber Health spokesperson said. He will report to Caitlin Donovan, global head of Uber Health.
Uber, like its main competitor Lyft, has been pushing into healthcare for the past several years.
Uber launched Uber Health in 2018 with a service that enables healthcare providers to schedule rides for patients who need transportation to non-emergency medical visits. Since then, the company has struck partnerships with healthcare organizations and software companies, including a partnership with CVS Health announced last week, and launched a prescription delivery service.
Uber Health's gross bookings increased 71% in the fourth quarter compared to the year-ago period, according to Uber. The publicly traded company will disclose its fourth quarter financials next month, but Uber doesn't break out details about Uber Health in its filings.
Uber posted $4.8 billion in total revenue and $23.1 billion in gross bookings for the third quarter, up 72% and 57%, respectively. The company reported a $2.4 billion net loss, compared to a net loss of $1.1 billion in the year-ago period.