From the daily archives: "Thursday, December 10, 2015"
drew aversa

Drew Aversa, MBA

What happens if UBER starts providing EMS care and how would it affect EMS in the midst of major incidents or disaster? That is the topic of tonight’s episode of the Disaster Podcast. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined by Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group to talk with our special guest on this interesting and unusual topic.

Drew Aversa is a former first responder who went into the private sector after a career-ending injury. He now works as a consultant and advisor to companies interested in applying his expertise to their leadership and management principles. His website is found at

Drew proposes that companies like UBER and LYFT could use their independent contractor model to get into other industries like provision of medical services in a way to reduce and control skyrocketing medical costs. What does this mean for the first responders who might work for such a company? The battle is on in some states over UBER’s interpretation of the definitions of employee and independent contractor.


Again, a special thank-you to Paragon Medical Education Group for their continued support of this podcast as our partners in this endeavor to bring disaster medicine to you. Check out their page and educational resources that can help your system be more prepared for what happens in your area.