Voices for smarterbetter health care

Meet Our Team: Brent, Jami, Megan and Timothy

Get to know a few of the folks who help make HealthSparq a great place to work and who are all committed to making health care easier for people to navigate! Brent Schumacher Title: User Experience Designer When you joined HealthSparq: January 2018 Based in: Portland, Oregon Hometown: Born in ...
by Anna Greene  |  October 3, 2018

Consumers Speak: SDOH, Instability in Health Insurance and Humanizing Providers

Improving people’s health requires looking at more than just their medical history, how they eat and the exercise they get. Where people live, their income levels, education, race, environmental factors, access to health services and employment status are all factors in health and effectiveness of care. In fact, nearly 90 ...
by Heather Burton  |  September 20, 2018

Deductibles, Donuts and Health Care Data

Oregon is beautiful in August, making it the perfect place and time to hold our first-ever Product Summit for our health plan clients from around the country. This idea-focused, hands-on gathering was all about collaboration, problem-solving and helping to plan for the HealthSparq solutions of the future. And, in true ...
by Matt Parker  |  September 12, 2018

A Day Well Spent: HealthSparq Team Volunteers to Help Homeless Youth

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things we can do in life. Recently, our Dallas HealthSparq team had the opportunity to volunteer at a remarkable organization called Vogel Alcove.
by Eddie Thomaz  |  August 1, 2018

3 Tips for Helping Your Members Navigate Complex Benefits Designs

Health care is messy and, for most people, it’s difficult to understand. As health benefits information becomes increasingly complex, educating health plan members and helping them successfully navigate through their benefits is critical. Working with a variety of large and small health plans across the country, I’ve observed several ways ...
by Daryl Galant  |  July 11, 2018

Top Five Themes from This Year’s AHIP Institute

Attending the AHIP annual conference is always a good opportunity to foster relationships with our current clients and to hear from thought leaders about where the industry is today and where it’s headed going forward. While overall attendance appeared down at this year’s event in San Diego, I thought the ...
by Jeremy Kean  |  June 27, 2018

Caring or Creepy: Finding the Sweet Spot for Health Care Personalization

We recently performed a study of more than 500 people which revealed that there is fine line between what people consider caring…and what they’d deem totally creepy in the world of health care marketing.
by Heather Burton  |  June 18, 2018

Why HealthSparq Puts People First With What’s The Fix?

Why does HealthSparq care about and put on What’s the Fix? Because we believe listening to people is key to changing health care – and there isn’t enough of it.
by Burt Rosen  |  June 1, 2018

Four Ways Health Plans Can Guide Members to Wise Choices

Tiering and steering are among the buzzwords being thrown around today that relate to helping health plan members select high-value providers. And while there are numerous reasons for enacting a strategy to guide members to specific providers, careful consideration needs to take place in order to preserve trust with your ...
by Alison Greco  |  May 29, 2018