Hemodialysis, Airbnb and Uber

People with kidney failure can now travel normally, covered by a coalition of companies united by the concepts of a sharing economy.

Monday, February 15, 2016


The best demonstration of the advantages that exist today because of the unstoppable "sharing economy" is the association of global companies Uber and Airbnb with 0a Uruguayan startup, Connectus Medical, to help solve the problem of the travel needs of people who need regular hemodialysis treatment.

And this positive example of the sharing economy has a special feature of not having arisen from development poles in a knowledge economy, but from a distant country where someone who had a personal problem found a solution not only for themselves but for millions who find themselves in the same situation.

From articles published on Elobservador.com.uy:

"... In 2007 Javier Artigas was told he needed to receive dialysis three times a week. His work in a multinational company meant he was often in a plane or at an airport and because the company decided not to cover the costs of dialysis abroad he had no choice but to give up work. His daughter, Valentina Arriagada, came up with the solution to the problem face by her father and so many other patients, a platform which, for a fixed monthly cost, would allow access to hemodialysis centers worldwide. This is how Medical Connectus was born. "

"... And so began, little by little, the family company. Everything changed when Joe Gebbia appeared. The CEO of the firm Airbnb knocked on his door, literally. Artigas and Gebbia met in Uruguay and began to think about an agreement between the two companies to benefit 50 million hemodialysis patients worldwide. The deal was closed less than a month ago. "

"... Now, with the help of Airbnb, Medical Connectus is walking down the path of professionalism. 'Two weeks ago we started our operations in the United States. In addition we are about to receive our first investment with an investment fund from Atlanta ', Artigas said. The value of the company soared and so did the confidence of investors. The first round of investment started by providing US $500,000 yesterday was US $1 million. Javier Artigas decided that these funds will be allocated to its operations in the United States and also to the markets of Brazil, Italy, Japan and Germany, the five countries which perfrom 67% of dialysis in the world. "

Uber as well : "... When Uber had not yet landed on Uruguayan soil Connectus Medical had entered into an agreement for 1,000 patients per day to use the service in all countries in which they operate.'We have three plans: Mercosur, Latin America and Rest of the world, in the last two Uber services are included in the fee," concluded the CEO of Connectus Medical".

Instead of trying to fight the tidal force of phenomena such as Airbnb and Uber, we should find ways to learn from entrepreneurs like those who created Connectus Medical, to contribute to the development of the Central American economies by making better use of available resources - which is what the sharing is, and yes, make money.

See: Connectus Medical Uses Uber to Travel to Airbnb Accommodation
See: The Uruguayan Startup That is Touching the Sky in San Francisco

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