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3 Ways to Help People Take Control of Their Health Care Decisions

July 8, 2016

Portland Business Journal, Scott Decker

From The New York Times, to health insurers, to employers and health care IT companies, a common question keeps nagging at the industry: How do we improve patient adoption of health technology that can improve care and save people money? Read more…


HealthSparq Named Portland Business Journal’s Fourth Fastest-Growing Private Company in Oregon

June 17, 2016

Portland Business Journal, Andy Giegerich and Brandon Sawyer

Nearly 1,000 business leaders converged on the Oregon Convention Center Thursday night for the beach-themed, and thus suitably festive, Oregon Fastest-Growing Companies event, hosted by the Portland Business Journal. HealthSparq ranked fourth with a 534.4% revenue growth between 2013-2015. See the top 100 list here…


If I Knew Then…

June 7, 2016

Crain’s Portland, Robert K. Elder

In this ongoing series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy. Read the thoughts of Scott Decker, HealthSparq CEO…


Giving Consumers An Incentive To Delay Health Care is Shortsighted

March 2, 2016

Houston Chronicle via via Midland Reporter-Telegram, Chris Tomlinson

Insurance companies and employers want you to ration your health care.

For leverage, they have increased annual out-of-pocket costs by almost 230 percent between 2006 and 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit health care research organization. Offering lower premiums in exchange for consumers paying a higher deductible is the latest way of forcing patients to think twice before seeking care. Read more…


Consumers Need Safeguards in High-Deductible Health Plans

March 1, 2016

Houston Chronicle, Chris Tomlinson

Insurance companies and employers want you to ration your health care. Read more…


The 2016 Leaders in Health Care Awards

February 26, 2016

Seattle Business Magazine, Karen West

As technology improves and Americans spend more on treatments to cure or prevent disease and injury, 2016 is likely to be a challenging year in health care. Doctors, nurses and clinicians are learning to work in new and innovative ways as consumers rely on video consults and their smartphones as diagnostic tools.

The 18 honorees in Seattle Business magazine’s 2016 Leaders in Health Care Awards, including HealthSparq who is recognized in the Outstanding Achievement: Delivery of Digital Health category, are up to the challenge. Read more about each of them…


2015 Portland Company of the Year: HealthSparq

December 30, 2015

GoLocalPDX, GoLocalPDX Business Team

The best companies accomplish two things: they generate plenty of profit and they provide a necessary and useful service to its customers and the community at large.

Portland’s Healthsparq reaches and surpasses both of those goals, helping to earn them the title of GoLocalPDX’s Portland company of the year. Read more…


Cambia Subsidiary Study Reveals Widespread ‘Buyer’s Remorse’ Among Health Consumers

August 17, 2015

Portland Business Journal, Elizabeth Hayes

A consumer survey commissioned by Portland-based HealthSparq showed widespread sticker shock and buyer’s remorse when it comes to health expenditures. Read more…


Student Wants to Collect Your Medical Invoice to Compare Costs Around Pittsburgh

March 20, 2015

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steve Twedt

Alex Sciuto has designs on your medical bills.

Specifically, the Carnegie Mellon University graduate design student is asking people to send him copies of their bills — minus names or other identifying information — to compile and share with anyone curious about how much common medical procedures cost here. Read more…


Health Care Costs in Houston Compared to Elsewhere

March 18, 2015

Houston Chronicle, John-Henry Perera

Not all appendixes, bunions and tonsils are removed equally in the U.S., according to data from HealthSparq and Gawker. Read more…


Hospital Transparency Bills Could Target High-Priced Procedures

March 3, 2015

Portland Business Journal, Elizabeth Hayes

Two bills introduced in the Legislature take on the opaque and often puzzling world of hospital pricing. Read more…


Oregon Techies Tackle Transparency Tools

February 6, 2015

Portland Business Journal, Elizabeth Hayes

The Technology Association of Oregon today dove into how technology is transforming health care delivery, from consumer tools to DNA sequencing to medical simulation. Read more…


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