Uber Eats inaugurates in Portugal the service for doctors at home
Correspondent in Lisbon
A new Uber Eats service has just started in Portugal that facilitates telemedicine, that is, the possibility of hiring a doctor through a simple mobile application.
It is enough to use the same platform that one activates to order food at home. In a separate tab, we can find Uber Medics and there you just have to make the appropriate selection and ‘click’ definitively. It is possible to choose a professional from a list drawn up by the Portuguese division of the neighboring country, its own American company, which has revolutionized the taxi sector with its low-cost fares, as well as the home delivery of prepared dishes from concerted restaurants.
Now it is his turn to explore a new line of business, which makes the neighboring country the first in the world to open this option.
A technological testing ground in the fiefdom of the Web Summit, with a medium size (thanks to its little more than 10 million inhabitants) that makes Portugal an appropriate territory for experimenting with trends.
The service, which debuts with high expectations given the chaos and collapse observed in the Lusitanian National Health System, is being implemented in collaboration with Ecco-Salva, a specialist in providing medical care at home.
The first city where the initiative is available is Lisbon, where users can choose by area, a prelude to complete rapid health care.
You can also select one of the three probabilities offered, which are a physical visit to the home of the client in question, a video call or a simple telephone consultation. Based on this table, prices range between 20 and 80 euros, while the user does not have to worry about possible time limitations because a doctor can be requested 24 hours a day and from Monday to Sunday. In other words, something like ‘non-stop telemedicine’.
As a complement, two extra modalities will soon be added to the same application: one for nurses and another to call a physiotherapist.
“Once again, Portugal opens the way for innovation, something fundamental in today’s economy,” underlines the general director of Uber Eats in the cradle of fado, Diogo Aires, who anticipates that they will soon arrive in Porto, Braga, Faro, Coimbra or Aveiro, that is, to the main centers on the other side of the border.
The flexibility that Portugal shows in this aspect of attracting cyberinvestments has already meant that, when business opportunities were closed to Uber in Barcelona due to restrictive regional legislation, the American emblem opened wide the doors of its investments in Lisbon incorporating shared electric bicycles, which it implements in the Portuguese capital for the first time in the Iberian Peninsula.
It was the second European city, after Berlin, where this type of activity took place on European soil, since any user could choose between a conventional car, an electric car (Uber Green) and a ditto bicycle (Uber Jump), depending on how fast they were. have and your personal demand: Displacement or walk.
Initially, the fleet amounted to 750 units, available to be used in 90% of the urban perimeter, as justified by Ryan Rzepecki, co-founder and manager of Jump: “Lisbon has become a crucial point and a reference for the technological community ”. A few words regarding the explosion of companies linked to the internet that has been experienced on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean since the Web Summit was installed in the Parque das Naçoes every November, a circumstance that is now endorsed by this Uber Medics who take advantage of the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, the mirror image of the Silicon Valley business giant led to the creation on Lusitanian soil of the
‘Uber of laundromats’. This is Doña Rosa, a company that collects dirty clothes at home, sends it to laundries with which it has reached an agreement and, finally, delivers it with a pleasant smell of soap.
At the moment, it provides its services in the Lisbon area, with complementary attention to users from surrounding municipalities, such as Cascais, Oeiras, Amadora and Odivelas. In the coming months, the firm will expand to Porto and surroundings as its growth is booming.
The platform, which mimics the Uber application, succeeds with its flexible hours, since it works daily from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. A slot that is better adapted to the needs of customers and takes advantage of the time that remains after conventional laundries close, which is usually between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Affordable prices do the rest, since the demand for clean and ready-to-wear clothes has increased in times of pandemic.