DocSpot Steals the Spotlight!
According to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research only 22 percent of participants were confident that they can find useful information to compare the quality of local doctors. This is a problem that we have all faced; not going to the doctor simply because we can’t find the right one to go to. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Propublica wanted to find a way to customize the consumer experience of choosing health care providers, so that people can get the care they need, where and when they need it. The RWJF and ProPublica Finding the Right Provider Challenge, hosted by Health 2.0, put developers’ skills to the test, and asked them to create better tools to support consumers trying to locate the right provider for their personal needs.
DocSpot was selected as the competition winner. While many efficient and creative search tools were submitted, only DocSpot’s simple-to-use tool offers an extensive variety of filter options for a most personalized experience. Ningning Lin, a Product Developer at DocSpot, shared that she was “excited to enter this challenge because of its relevance to our times as healthcare decisions and costs increasingly shift toward consumers. We at DocSpot strive to help patients navigate data in meaningful ways.” Through recently released CMS data containing information about providers who participate in Medicare, DocSpot supplied a seamless ability to match patients to providers. Ningning added, “We are grateful that RWJF, ProPublica and Health 2.0 sponsored this contest and recognize this achievement as just one milestone along our common journey of empowering patients to make better healthcare decisions.”
Locust Tech Inc. was selected as the second place winner, followed by DocFinder Sherpa in Third. All three winning search tools promise easy matching to the perfect provider. Each empowered a consumer-focused algorithm addressing quality of clinical care, cost factors and customizable options.
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