2. Driver, to the hospital please

Uber has teamed up with the tech start-up Circulation to provide nonemergency rides to hospitals in an effort to cut down the number of missed doctor visits. The program will start with the Boston Children’s Hospital, according to an article in PR Week, with plans to expand to 6 states. Sounds neat, right? Don’t call it the best thing since sliced bread just yet. The U.S. government already spends money on nonemergency transportation – $2.7 billion each year – and 182,000 patients using that service still miss their appointments. Also, with the target audience being mostly elderly, will they shuffle to their smartphones to schedule rides? This writer can’t even get his grandpa to text him; though that might not be technology related.