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The Baffling Price Differences for Common Surgeries Across America’s Cities

March 17, 2015
When you want to buy something - a lunch, a shirt or a plane ticket - you can usually find the price of the item on a menu, tag or online listing. It’s not as easy when it comes to health care. Read more…

Here’s How Much Medical Procedures Cost in Different Cities

March 17, 2015
Gawker, Hamilton Nolan America’s health care system has many problems. One is the fact that it is incredibly difficult to know how much things cost. We asked for prices on health care. Now, we’ve assembled some for you. Read more…

Portland Firm’s Study Sheds Light On Why So Few People Use Online Health Care Tools

March 8, 2015
Portland Business Journal, Elizabeth Hayes While consumer demand for online health care shopping tools is high, engagement with those tools is low. HealthSparq and consulting firm Cicero Group teamed up to find out why that is. Read more… HEALTH CARE SHOPPING TRENDS

Study Reveals People Demand Health Care Shopping Tools, But Don’t Know When Health Plans Offer Them

March 5, 2015
New findings from Cicero Group show that health plans must improve communication with their members to build tool utilization.

Q&A: ‘Imagine if healthcare were priced to consumers’

February 14, 2015
Modern Healthcare, Staff Writer Q&A with Mark Ganz, President and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions. Read interview here…

Healthtech: 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…

Portland-based HealthSparq’s Healthcare Shopping Tools a Hit with Pregnant Women

December 16, 2014
Oregonian, Amy Wang Suppose you could compare labor and delivery costs the way you compare prices at online retailers. That possibility has become reality through HealthSparq, which has developed online tools available to 78 million members of 67 health plans for researching and comparing local costs for common medical procedures. Read more…

Expectant Mothers are Most Frequent Health Care Shoppers in Pacific Northwest

December 10, 2014
Data from HealthSparq Reveals Consumer Health Shopping Trends
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