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About HealthChampion

HealthChampion is the world’s first consumer driven healthcare platform. We’re reshaping the way people manage their health and giving them personal control of their medical records – and we’re doing so with a team of talented, adaptive change-makers. Join HealthChampions’s collaborative group of world-changers in making a difference and improving lives, one app and one person at a time.

 

About our employees

We hire people who are hungry, humble, and smart. Hungry meaning that you are a biased-to-action, willing to jump in, passionate, multi-skilled and cross-functional team member. Humble meaning letting go of ego, committing to the team and collective code ownership, and an eagerness to get feedback and learn. And Smart meaning not only technically skilled but also EQ – the ability to work with a team, handle conflict, actively listen, mentor others, and have a sense of curiosity and compassion. 

 

About Product Development at HealthChampion

We use Professional Scrum to deliver products. More than just the common agile practices and mechanics, we live out the agile values. We truly believe that given the right environment – one of self-organization, transparency, and craftsmanship – that people will love working here and together we will build the best possible products.

 

What you will do:

  • Work on a cross-functional Professional Scrum team to deliver Increments of Done product every Sprint. This is a hands-on position and part of the team responsible for delivering software
  • Work in multiple different areas: manual and exploratory testing, automated service testing, automated UI and mobile testing, performance testing, adoption and advocacy of best practices, coding, continuous integration and delivery, documentation, reliability and scalability, security, and UX design
  • Contribute ideas, tools, and processes to help us move reliably faster and continue innovating
  • Research and learn new technologies, be part of strategic discussions and product decisions

 

A bit about you:

  • Experience in at least one object oriented programming language (C#, Java, C++, …)
  • Experience in the basic web stack (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
  • Bonus for experience in testing and quality assurance techniques and strategy
  • Team oriented and ready to receive direction and feedback
  • Ability to work in a CI/CD development environment
  • Desire to work in a small team, be hands-on, and work in a startup / high-growth environment

This is a full-time position with an excellent comp package including salary, incentives, paid-for benefits, flexibility, and potential for huge growth. We are currently located in Milwaukee and Chicago, some travel between offices required. Local Candidates only. We are unable to sponsor visa candidates at this time.

 Submit your resume to hr@myHealthChampion.com to apply.

Mobile application developer

Mobile application developer

About HealthChampion

HealthChampion (www.myHealthChampion.com) is the world’s first consumer driven healthcare platform. We’re reshaping the way people manage their health and giving them personal control of their medical records – and we’re doing so with a team of talented, adaptive change-makers. Join HealthChampions’s collaborative group of world-changers in making a difference and improving lives, one app and one person at a time.

 

About our employees

We hire people who are hungry, humble, and smart. Hungry meaning that you are a biased-to-action, willing to jump in, passionate, multi-skilled and cross-functional team member. Humble meaning letting go of ego, committing to the team and collective code ownership, and an eagerness to get feedback and learn. And Smart meaning not only technically skilled but also EQ – the ability to work with a team, handle conflict, actively listen, mentor others, and have a sense of curiosity and compassion. 

 

About Product Development at HealthChampion

We use Professional Scrum to deliver products. More than just the common agile practices and mechanics, we live out the agile values. We truly believe that given the right environment – one of self-organization, transparency, craftsmanship – that people will love working here and together we will build the best possible products.

 

What you will do:

    • Work on a cross-functional Professional Scrum team to deliver Increments of Done product every Sprint. This is a hands-on position and part of the team responsible for delivering software
    • Help refine the Product Backlog to balance between short/long term needs from a user and functionality perspective
    • Contribute ideas, tools, and processes to help us move reliably faster and continue innovating
    • Help us define our overall mobile development strategy including things we can do now, things we should do in the future, and things we should absolutely avoid
    • If contracting out mobile development is part of the strategy, manage the external project
    • Research and learn new technologies, be part of vendor discussions and product decisions
    • Work on multiple different areas: native and cross-platform development, automation, adoption and advocacy of best practices, coding, continuous integration and delivery, documentation, performance tuning, reliability and scalability, security, and UX design

 


A bit about you:

  • Strong mobile development background, experience in native and/or cross-platform tools
  • Have developed an app from concept to production
  • Familiarity with releasing apps via the various app stores
  • End-to-end encryption, security, and authentication experience. Bonus points for knowledge of healthcare data standards (HL7/FHIR) and security practices (HIPPA/HITRUST)
  • Experience integrating advertising platforms in an app
  • Ability to work in a CI/CD development environment
  • Desire to work in a small team, be hands-on, and own the mobile development practice of the company
  • Experience working in a startup or high-growth environment
  • An interest in re-imagining the healthcare system, and empowering individuals through mobile applications in new ways


This is a full-time position with an excellent comp package including salary, incentives, paid-for benefits, flexibility, and potential for huge growth. We are currently located in Milwaukee and Chicago, some travel between offices required. Local candidates only. We are unable to sponsor visa candidates at this time.

 Submit your resume to hr@myHealthChampion.com to apply.

Data architect

Data architect

Help us define our overall data strategy including things we can do now, things we should do in the future, and things we should absolutely avoid.

About HealthChampion

HealthChampion (www.myHealthChampion.com) is the world’s first consumer driven healthcare platform. We’re reshaping the way people manage their health and giving them personal control of their medical records – and we’re doing so with a team of talented, respected, seasoned, adaptive change-makers. Join HealthChampion’s collaborative group of world-changers in making a difference and improving lives, one app and one person at a time.  Are you ready to have some fun??!!

 

About our employees

We hire people who are hungry, humble, and smart. Hungry meaning that you are a biased-to-action, willing to jump in, passionate, multi-skilled and cross-functional team member. Humble meaning letting go of ego, committing to the team and collective code ownership, and an eagerness to get feedback and learn. And Smart meaning not only technically skilled but also EQ – the ability to work with a team, handle conflict, actively listen, mentor others, and have a sense of curiosity and compassion.

 

About Product Development at HealthChampion

We use Professional Scrum to deliver products. More than just the common agile practices and mechanics, we live out the agile values. We truly believe that given the right environment – one of self-organization, transparency, craftsmanship – that people will love working here and together we will build the best possible products.

                                                             

What you will do:

  • Work on a cross-functional Professional Scrum team to deliver Increments of Done product every Sprint. This is a hands-on position part of the team responsible for delivering software
  • Help refine the Product Backlog to balance between short/long term needs from a data and architecture perspective
  • Contribute ideas, tools, and processes to help us move reliably faster and continue innovating
  • Help us define our overall data strategy including things we can do now, things we should do in the future, and things we should absolutely avoid.
  • Research and learn new technologies, be part of vendor discussions and product decisions
  • Work on multiple different areas: architecture, automation, adoption and advocacy of best practices, coding, continuous integration and delivery, documentation, monitoring and alerting, performance tuning, reliability and scalability, security, servers and systems provisioning, tooling, and troubleshooting
  • Disaster recovery plans and tests in a HIPAA/HITRUST cloud environment

 

A bit about you:

  • Healthcare data background. Familiar with the data commonly found in EHR systems
  • Knowledge of healthcare data standards (HL7/FHIR) and practices (HIPPA/HITRUST)
  • Ability to implement back-end solutions in Azure using CI/CD
  • Desire to work in a small team and be hands-on
  • Experience working in a startup or high-growth environment
  • An interest in re-imagining the healthcare system, and empowering individuals through mobile application in new ways

This is a full-time position with an excellent comp package including salary, incentives, paid-for benefits, flexibility, and potential for huge growth. We are currently located in Milwaukee and Chicago, some travel between offices required. Local Candidates only. We are unable to sponsor visa candidates at this time.

Submit your resume to hr@myHealthChampion.com to apply.

Why isn’t our healthcare system easier and more transparent?

Why isn’t our healthcare system easier and more transparent?

When we purchase something at a store, we’re given the price before we decide to buy. But when we go into the doctor’s office, we’re provided a service where we may (or may not) pay out of pocket or we have a co-pay but rarely check on costs beforehand.

Sometimes we don’t even know the price until we receive the bill and rarely ever question the portion of costs paid by our insurance.

And it isn’t just healthcare costs that seem a mystery. Knowing where our personal health records are, how to access them, what is in them, let alone how to use that information with other personal health data to create an overall picture of health and improve personal health seems nearly impossible.

While this has been the norm for decades, in today’s changing healthcare landscape, it seems backwards and outdated. Probably because it is.

Consumers are done with the old way. Today’s health consumers want easy access to true costs and services. They want a transparent healthcare ecosystem that allows them to shop for healthcare services much like they do other products and services.

And they want to own their own records and the data associated with their health journey.

As the saying goes, you’re either part of the problem or part of the solution. In order to achieve this solution, we should understand some of the factors driving the movement for health transparency and why the consumer is at the center of making change happen.

Healthcare consumers have evolved into healthcare shoppers

In the employer-based health insurance system on which we’ve come to rely, most health consumers typically select a provider for themselves and their family and then see that provider at any time with either a slight co-pay or deductible.

As prices have continued to rise for care and deductibles grow, however, consumers have become more aware of pricing and the complexities that come with trying to track down pricing and determine value for services. As a result, today’s health consumer has been turned into a shopper – researching, making careful purchasing decisions, and ultimately buying health services and care.

It’s a small but important distinction, because shoppers inherently want options, transparency, and honesty about the healthcare choices they are making and they most definitely don’t want their healthcare experience to feel veiled in secrecy or mired in confusion.

So, when we talk about the healthcare consumer today, know that we are referring to the emerging healthcare consumer: the consumer who assertively shops for the best care for the best value for themselves, their family, or the loved-ones in their care.

But let’s take a step back and get a closer look at just a few of the trends that have pushed consumers into a position to start demanding a more transparent healthcare ecosystem.

Cost tops the list of consumer pain points

An Experian Health study estimates that 20% of all consumer earnings will go to healthcare by 2025. People are worried about paying for their healthcare bills, with good reason.

In a poll conducted by NPR, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, more that a quarter of adults said than healthcare costs have caused them serious financial problems.

And according to a Becker’s Hospital Review article reporting on an Experian Health study, “The top pain points for patients in their healthcare experience are related to payment. Specific dissatisfaction issues included: comprehending the amount of money they owe for care and whether those out-of-pocket costs are fair market price, as well as ensuring they are financially able to pay for their care, Experian reported. Patients also identified ‘determining what financial support is available,’ ‘ensuring that what is owed to the provider is accurate’ and ‘understanding the amount covered by their health insurance’ as dissatisfaction issues.”

Nearly universal adoption of high-speed Internet in the U.S.

While there are still areas in the United States that don’t have high speed Internet, particularly in rural areas, most Americans do have access. In fact, more than 92% of Americans have access to high-speed Internet, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

This unprecedented access allows nearly anyone in the U.S. to research and learn about nearly any healthcare topic imaginable, from prevention to treatment.

Health consumers suddenly have instant access to estimates for medical care pricing in their area, a variety of choices for seeking treatment, quality and patient satisfaction rankings and reports, alternative medicines, and telemedicine, and more. And this information is coming from everywhere.

A recent Accenture report states that websites are still the top technology people use to manage health, but mobile, electronic health records (EHRs), social media, and wearable technologies, among others, are on the rise.

People are expecting to find exactly what they need to know at the touch of a button, but finding accurate, understandable healthcare information online is still a barrier with wide gaps in pricing for a single procedure and challenges determining value.

Health technology is rapidly advancing

From EHRs and telemedicine, to wearables that track health and fitness levels, technology is upping the healthcare game on all levels.

  • Wearables are able to sense a variety of body activity, produce real-time data on caloric output, track both aerobic and anaerobic activities, and pass that data along to users.
  • EHRs grant what could be near instant access to patient records that are accurate and up-to-date.
  • Telemedicine is helping consumers reach healthcare experts in real-time from around the globe, giving rural consumers access to doctors if they are unable to get to one easily. Telemedicine also supports health consumers at home if they are unable to leave the house or need medical follow-up that doesn’t require being at a hospital or medical facility.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but for health consumers, these technologies and others are setting the table for game-changing personal health opportunities and choices with maximum convenience.

The “Internet of Things” gives us unprecedented access to nearly unlimited data. The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the way consumers look at and use healthcare data for improving their own health. It is also changing the level of detail and types of data consumers are able to give their providers.

Additionally, providers are able to proactively collect and interpret a history of health and wellness data for care.

Wearables are the most obvious example, but we aren’t just talking about fitness trackers. Wearables are breaking new ground every day. Today’s wearables track newborn oxygen levels and temperatures, monitor blood pressure, measure insulin delivery, track caloric intake through contact with skin, and the possibilities are endless.

With all of this new health and wellness data available, how are consumers using it to improve health?

There are the obvious drivers – to lose weight, walk more, get fit. Then there are the life-altering examples – an urgent notice of low blood sugar or notifying medical personnel or loved ones of a fall. Now, technology is emerging that will allow consumers and healthcare providers integrate all of that IoT health data with the data from hospitals, medical records, etc. to alert you proactively of your healthcare needs.

Whether to remind you that it’s time to book a follow up doctor appointment, your child needs these immunizations for school, your blood pressure has been unusually high and you need to schedule an appointment, the pieces are now here to provide you immediate service.

These are no longer out-the-realm possibilities but current and future technologies that can lead to better health.

The healthcare shopping journey is complex

The basic healthcare shopping journey, unlike a traditional product or service purchase, is quite complex.

Given the challenges that still exist in sharing records among health systems, it’s clear that there is a lot of work to do to create a transparent healthcare ecosystem for consumers. Integrating personal health data (such as from wearables) with medical records and data, and even being able to compare basic pricing among providers for the same visit or procedures can still take a lot of time and hassles.

That said, the timing seems right as consumers are ready and able to take a more proactive and assertive approach to their personal healthcare journey. But what might that transparency look like to the consumer during a typical healthcare experience?

There is a lot of research out there, but we’ve boiled it down to these:

1. Managing the data from your personal health journey

From the moment you are born, you have a healthcare history, or health story.

And as health-related technologies continue grow and expand, the data that accompanies that story will only increase and become more complex. The challenge here is effectively communicating that story: for the young and healthy with no pre-existing conditions, this doesn’t seem to be much of a challenge.

However, for a large number of Americans, the story is more complex. Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services vary widely, but the estimate is that 19% – 50% of non-elderly Americans have some type of pre-existing health condition.

As we mature, our health story grows and finding ways to use technology to help manage years of medical history and health data becomes increasingly valuable and important. Additionally, tackling important, tough ethical discussions along the way is worth considering:

  • Can a health consumer manage which data is granted access to a payer or provider?
  • How can a doctor trust the data they are seeing?
  • Is the health consumer’s data secure?

2. Finding out if your health requires intervention

What is wrong with me? How do I lose weight? Do I have a cold or the flu? Should I go to the ER? Is my blood pressure too high?

As mentioned earlier, Accenture recently reported that websites are still the top technology people use to manage health and find the answers to these and other health questions.

Generally, this is great for consumers. For example, infographics showing the difference between the common cold and the flu can help head off a doctor’s visit, saving time and money. But outside of simple Internet searches, what happens when an informed consumer tries to engage with the healthcare system. Suddenly complexities arise.

  • Am I seeing the right doctor?
  • What tests will they order?
  • Are those the right tests?
  • Where are the results coming from?
  • How do I get the results?
  • Would having data from my fitness or food tracking app help make a diagnosis?
  • How do I get that information to my provider?

Let’s revisit our shopper-oriented consumer. Can you imagine having a conversation your provider about these and other types of diagnoses questions, especially when you might already be feeling unwell or anxious about your condition?

There is so much to know and manage and none of us want to lose time with poorly informed or incorrect diagnosis. Technologies are beginning to emerge that can help the health consumer collect that data, provide analytics surrounding it, and inform a physician diagnosis based on that personal health story.

3. Health treatment and transparency

Once a diagnosis is reached, determining treatment options can become a daunting task. For the majority who have health insurance coverage, the first question revolves around what will the insurance plan cover and what will I pay out of pocket? Then the consumer will likely conduct research with his/her physician and on his/her own, which means entering the chaos of the Internet. Not only will consumers need to contend with evaluating the treatments recommended by their own physician, but what other options are out there? Trying to validate or find new treatment choices online is difficult. How do you determine fair market price and value?

4. Paying for treatment

This new healthcare ecosystem must allow consumers to know costs associated with their choices. Given that 98% of people surveyed by Experian Health said worrying about how they will pay their medical bills as “a very important to extremely important pain point,” consumers are going to begin to expect to know how much a service is going to cost before receiving that service — just like purchasing any other product or service.

5. Determining value

Which brings us to our final destination: did the quality of care received and payment paid align for the consumer?

Those of us who purchase economy vehicles have vastly different expectations than those of us who purchase luxury ones. Right now, however, our healthcare options rarely offer that same opportunity. This is not necessarily an outcomes-based discussion. However, there are consumer reviews available for care, polls, and opinions.

If there were a way to measure those against a transparent price and the consumer’s own personal experience, there may be a way for the consumer to determine if they feel they received good care value for the price paid.

The need for a transparent healthcare ecosystem is clear

Healthcare in the United States is changing rapidly thanks to cost concerns, access to information, technology, and connectivity. Consumer behavior is also changing, and the shopper journey has already shifted away from its linear beginnings.

The current state of the healthcare ecosystem is ripe with opportunity to meet the consumer’s needs (and, quite frankly help improve provider’s lives while we help improve patient care). We’re working to reshape the conversation and ignite the movement toward more transparency, and we think the healthcare consumer is ready to join the movement.

 

 

Getting personal with healthcare accountability

Getting personal with healthcare accountability

Under our current complex healthcare system, costs have spiraled out of control and consumers are increasingly disconnected from the providers and services they need to manage healthcare for themselves and their families.

People-driven health seeks to empower and encourage consumers to take ownership of their own health journey. We believe it can be the solution to better, more affordable healthcare for all.

But this also requires a new level of accountability from everyone within the health ecosystem. The main challenge we face is that while most consumers want to take responsibility for their healthcare, they don’t have the tools and information they need to make informed decisions.

What’s getting in the way? In the current healthcare ecosystem, payers and providers hold all the cards in a setup that’s complex, confusing and lacks transparency. Technology could change all that by powering a people-driven healthcare system that puts consumers in control.

Healthcare costs have skyrocketed In 2018 the cost of healthcare for a family of four in the U.S. reached an all-time-high of $28,166. The good news is that costs of inpatient, physician, pharmacy home healthcare and ambulance services have grown at a slower rate.

However, during the last decade healthcare costs for a family of four rose an average of $100 per month when you factor in premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses. Even with employers bearing some of the cost of health insurance, employees have shouldered much of the increases in health plan premiums.

Why is it so hard to keep costs down?

In part, it’s because healthcare consumers have little access or insight into how healthcare works and how much services actually cost.

Consumers are also frequently unaware of the close connection between their health-related choices, the consequences of those choices, and the subsequent impacts on costs and quality of care.

Healthcare is complex and confusing

It takes significant time and effort to navigate our current healthcare system.

An Experian Health study of 1,000 consumers and select providers identified 137 distinct jobs associated with a typical healthcare experience. When bucketed into broader themes such as shopping for a plan, preparing for doctor visits, managing a diagnosis, shopping (again) for the right treatment, managing prescriptions and paying for it, the study reveals a consumer journey that could take any number of twists, turns and detours.

Not surprisingly, the study also identified that the biggest consumer pain points center on the financial and administrative aspects of healthcare. People are especially frustrated with the number of complicated tasks related to paying for care, from shopping for health insurance to understanding provider pricing to paying their medical bills.

Today’s healthcare system is not only frustrating, it’s confusing. There are multiple tiers of payers, and numerous plans and programs offering a complex array of services.

Prices and coverage vary widely between providers, and plans can change dramatically year to year. There’s no standardized system to help consumer conduct apples- to-apples comparison shopping.

So consumers are hard-pressed to sift through all the details to determine the lowest-cost, highest-quality choices. In the face of all this confusion, people leave decisions up to their doctors, who often consider convenience over cost when ordering services like tests and procedures.

As a result consumers frequently use higher-cost services that aren’t necessarily higher quality.

And for anyone who has tried to seek price differences among testing facilities knows that often the facilities themselves aren’t sure how to break out pricing options for a consumer outside of the typical, often over-priced, insurance price. 

Additionally, price isn’t the only opaque part of the system that can baffle consumers. Many are unaware that they have rights to their personal health data – rights to request, see, and secure copies of their health records under HIPAA.

For many health consumers, this information may be available through their provider’s patient portal, but even with the availability of patient portal access hitting 52%, only about half of those even access the data … only about 28%. Even fewer of those accessed that information independently – the vast majority of them had to be prompted by a payer or provider.

Not surprising when you consider the massive amounts of portals, passwords, and health interactions a typical health consumer has to engage with.

Healthcare costs and coverage options are not transparent

Another barrier to personal accountability is a lack of transparent pricing.

Financing in our healthcare system consists of complex arrangements between employers, third-party payers, the government, providers and patients. When consumers are cut out of the process by third parties, who negotiate prices and pay providers on the patient’s behalf, it’s hard to identify or question the actual costs.

To make matters worse, healthcare prices vary depending on who is paying. The result is that it’s almost impossible for providers to create a standardized, consumer-friendly price list that reflects what patients would reasonably pay if they were billed directly.

In addition, many people are limited to employer-provided plans that encourage a “set it and forget it” approach. Some plans do offer comparison tools to help determine how much coverage is needed. But no one can predict the future need for services like doctor visits, diagnostic tests, or emergency care.

Finally, don’t forget to factor in-network and out-of-network coverage, prescription drug coverage, vision and dental!

It’s not realistic to expect that anyone can accurately balance the costs of a family’s routine and preventative care, plus unquantifiable future healthcare needs, with-out-of-pocket payments like deductibles, copays and coinsurance. That’s why most people take the path of least resistance, which contributes to higher costs.

A people-driven healthcare approach

In a better world, healthcare would be a people-driven system. In this world, consumers would have the tools and transparency to take ownership of every aspect of their healthcare.

From determining how much they pay, to how they partner with providers, to managing their fitness and nutrition, consumers would have easy access to the information and resources they need to manage their healthcare. Consumers would have access to technology that enables data-driven decision-making, allowing them to gather health information, view electronic health records in real-time, and enable analytics to manage and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Additionally, imagine that all of that data and analytics would also prompt you to be a more proactive participant in your own health and wellness. Not only do you have access to the data, but it proactively alerts you to appointments, immunization needs, health incidents that require immediate attention, and possible health needs of children or elderly family members in your care.

As consumers take more accountability, providers and payers would also have to shift to new models that make it easier to be engaged in the process.

This type of healthcare ecosystem would help promote lower costs, provide the opportunity for better, more personal care, more involved follow up, and give health providers better data off of which to base diagnoses and treatments, perhaps even eventually leading to improved outcomes.

Healthier lifestyles save lives

According to the Centers for Disease control (CDC), up to 40 percent of deaths from heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and unintentional injuries are preventable.

The CDC studied deaths from each of these five leading causes between 2008-2010 and found that between 20 and 40 percent of deaths could have been avoided by making changes to personal behaviors. The study also noted that the five leading causes of death have many common risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, lack of physical activity, and obesity.

If given the information to be aware of these risks in their own personal health profile, consumers could proactively make changes like improving their eating habits, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake in order to improve their health and prevent premature death.

Active healthcare management can save money

Prices for the same in-network procedure can vary by over 500% depending on the provider, so chances are patients are paying way more than they have to for procedures.

More importantly, the higher-cost procedure doesn’t necessarily guarantee higher quality. But it never occurs to most patients to monitor or question prices because a third party HMO or PPO is often the one paying for everything upfront.

Consumer engagement and comparison shopping can be powerful tools to drive down costs. In a people-driven healthcare system, patients could factor in out-of-pocket costs when deciding which providers they will see and which services they want to receive.

As more consumers demand pricing information, healthcare providers would be pressured to price themselves competitively without compromising quality.

How can technology help? Technology plays a central role in people-driven healthcare.

  • Consumers can use data and insights to connect the dots between their behavior, healthcare consequences and costs.
  • They can then make better choices that benefit their health.
  • As consumers gain more control over their journey they also become more engaged, and this oversight helps keep prices in check and promotes higher quality.

Virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and wearables are just a few of the technologies and devices that could combine with data-sharing and predictive analytics to give people useful health information and treatment options.

  • Consumers could work on their own or partner with doctors to proactively prevent, diagnose, and manage chronic conditions outside of traditional healthcare settings.
  • Personalized data from connected devices that track steps, physical activity levels, diet and sleep patterns, and calculate measurements such as weight, blood pressure and glucose, could be automatically integrated with electronic health records, in near real-time.
  • Having the big picture would inform better decisions about a person’s plan of care and potentially improve coordination and communication between providers.
  • Using digital assistants and other tools on a smartphone, tablet, or mobile device can help consumers stay on top of their health information and set up reminders for medications, tests, and appointments.

Reminders and alerts using personalized, real-time data can also be great motivation for people to make better choices and prevent health issues. For example, a diabetic may see a high glucose alert on their wristwatch and take immediate action to avoid a dangerous and costly health crisis.

Additionally, new technologies are emerging to improve data security and enable interoperability of devices to share data that creates a more complete health picture of the consumer.

But while technology holds a great deal of promise for helping healthcare consumers manage their overall health journey, there are still barriers that keep the process from being transparent or simple. Interoperability issues still arise among technologies, apps, and other data sources.

Once a consumer secures his or her family’s health records, where are those records kept, how are they shared, are they secure, who gets to see them, and how are permissions granted? And how can someone access all of those different data points to get a clearer picture of overall health and wellness and take the steps necessary to improve their health and the health of those in their care?

Technology can also help lower costs

Financial tools that use a consumer’s own personal health data could help them understand the complete costs of everything attached to their care, from doctor visits to services to ongoing management. It also enables tools that allow consumers to activate payment plans, apply for financial assistance, estimate the cost of care, and review insurance benefits.

All of these can give consumers greater transparency and control over costs while helping them avoid the financial pain points.

No one said that creating people-driven healthcare would be easy. But empowering people to take ownership of their healthcare experience for themselves and their families will go a long way toward driving down costs and creating a more complete health picture that consumers can use to improve health and wellness.

As we will address in future pieces, a more transparent, people-driven health model is inching us closer to overcoming the numerous barriers facing consumers as they try to assume more ownership and accountability of their health records and data.

Using today’s technology, people can personalize their healthcare experience and get the clarity they need to take part in the process, take control of their care, and help make quality care more affordable for everyone. If you want to be part of this movement to reorient the healthcare system, join us today to be a true health champion.

 

 

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