RWJF & HHS Provider Network Challenge Launches!

Navigating the health care world can be confusing and convoluted for consumers who are unaware of their options and who require special services. As we know well, health care is not a ‘one size fits all’ sort of business. Consumer needs vary greatly, from location to treatment options. Finding a great provider in your network can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. Health 2.0 and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are looking to take some of the guesswork out of selecting the best provider for each consumer.

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & U.S. Health & Human Services Provider Network Challenge and encourage participation in the challenge! We’re seeking solutions that will simplify consumer provider searches and that will make identifying providers in a consumer’s insurance network easy, with consumers’ needs and budgets in mind. Additionally, developers should seek to present a solution that includes provider accessibility and consumer reviews.

Participants in the RWJF & HHS Provider Network Challenge will develop a tool that helps consumers identify convenient provider locations, search reviews and reports from other consumers, and allow those with specific health needs to search for accommodating providers in a convenient and easy-to-use format.

The need for this kind of technology stems from the abundance of ‘narrow networks’ that prevents consumers from receiving specialized care at affordable costs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that “narrow networks contain a smaller number of providers and in-network facilities than traditional provider networks, typically resulting in lower premiums”. We’re looking to combat this problem through technological solutions that help broaden the scope of providers accessible to consumers.

To join the challenge, and for more information, visit us here!

 

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