HealthSparq Blog

Sneak Peak: Initial Takeaways from Our Annual Customer Summit

February 25, 2016

Once a year, HealthSparq brings together a group of our clients to discuss where we are as a business and where we’ll be heading in the year ahead. We didn’t stop there; this week we took over New Orleans to not only discuss our business at the annual HealthSparq Customer Summit, but also the future of the health care industry and consumer engagement more broadly. Read More…


Using Social Media, Websites & Online Tools to Be a Better Healthcare Consumer

February 17, 2016

More than ever before, people must take an increasingly active role in their healthcare decision making; for themselves, their family and the others they care for. Thankfully, as digital platforms become more and more integrated into our everyday lives and as we all become more tech savvy, we’re able to use social media, online tools and provider-generated content to enjoy better, cheaper healthcare encounters. Read More…


2016 Starts Off Strong for Price Transparency

February 5, 2016

One month into 2016, we’re seeing even more people using our tools to receive even more cost estimates than ever before. Here are four big things things we noticed in January’s cost estimate trends. Read More…


Our 2015 Growth Story

January 26, 2016

In 2015, we helped even more people, introduced even better products and conducted even more research to get critical health care cost and quality information to people just like you. Read More…


New Year, New Deductible

January 11, 2016

Every New Year’s Day, insurance deductibles across the country reset. Every New Year also seems to bring increasing evidence that millions of Americans are struggling to pay medical bills, delaying care, or filing bankruptcy due to medical debt. Read More…


Perspectives: Todd from Utah State University

November 18, 2015

Costs for common medical procedures can vary dramatically from state to state, and even within the same city. In Utah, a surgery to repair an Achilles tendon can range from $6,336 to $14,981. By using the tools and services offered by HealthSparq, Utah State University (USU) employees can uncover cost disparities empowering them to make smarter decisions about their health care. This is one USU employee’s experience using HealthSparq tools. Read More…


One Year in User Research

November 11, 2015

When Maggie and I took some time to look back over what we learned in our first year of usability testing sessions with a really diverse group of people, we found some clear, unifying themes. Read More…


It’s Open Enrollment Season

November 4, 2015

It’s that time of year again, when the words “Open Enrollment” seem to follow you all around the office. Don’t ignore them! Open Enrollment is your chance to take control of your health care planning for the year ahead and make coverage choices that fit your needs. Read More…


It Takes a Village: Accurate Provider Directories

October 19, 2015

Health plans and doctors are not currently set up to provide up-to-date and accurate contact and insurance coverage information to members and patients in a timely, accurate and online manner. These challenges will only grow as strict new federal and state regulatory requirements are put in place. Read more… Read More…


Sticker Shock Causes Buyer’s Remorse in Health Care

September 4, 2015

Have you ever felt surprised by the total cost of your medical procedure? It turns out a lot of people have — and they’re feeling like if they had known costs, they wouldn’t have seen the doctor at all, or they would have delayed care. Hear HealthSparq’s VP of Product & Strategy Torben Nielsen report on this… Read More…