The Affordable Care Act has introduced a number of changes to the traditional model of choosing and buying insurance. Some changes have improved the system, while others have left consumers feeling overwhelmed and confused. Today, a new online platform called Impact Health (www.impacthealth.io) launches its beta version to drastically simplify the process for consumers. This free, nonpartisan web app aims to match consumers with healthcare plans specific to their individual needs. In a marketplace littered with tedious, generic and biased healthcare purchasing systems, Impact Health's robust technology is bringing back a personal, human element by placing patients at the core of its mission. The website implements a custom algorithm and suggests healthcare plans based on each user's answers to a few simple questions. Rather than relying on demographics alone, Impact Health enhances the experience by asking consumers which medications they use. Individuals input their prescriptions, upon which the site returns plans that cover the specified meds along with a calculation of actual out-of-pocket costs; a valuable and revolutionary feature not offered by any other healthcare platform. Direct links to the websites of each insurance provider are also presented enabling satisfied shoppers to instantly switch from browsing to buying.
"As a patient advocate, it's time consumers had the power to shop knowledgeably for health insurance, like we do when it comes to our phones and other technology," said Christine Carrillo, a healthcare expert and founder of Impact Health. "To do that, we need as much information about our healthcare options as possible. That is why education is the primary goal of Impact Health."
Carrillo and her business partner, Helen Lee, have 25 years of combined healthcare experience working closely with providers like Kaiser Permanente, Cigna Health, Anthem Blue Cross and United Healthcare to improve and remodel healthcare plans with customers in mind. Three years ago, they collaborated to create Humanize Health, a concierge healthcare strategy and implementation consulting firm that works with a variety of businesses to drive innovation and provide healthcare expertise. Their shared knowledge and passion for healthcare and improving the consumer experience has fueled their efforts in creating and self-funding Impact Health, a social enterprise for the good of the people.
"We have been proud to have Impact Health as part of our community over the past year," said Elizabeth Stewart, co-founder and CEO of Hub LA. "Christine and Helen have created a platform that will disrupt the healthcare industry as we know it, and radically simplify the process of shopping for insurance. Their company is a model example of the innovative thinking that we aim to cultivate in Los Angeles, and strive to support around the globe."
Today, it is nearly impossible to search for health insurance without the risk of being influenced by a particular company, whether consumers consciously realize it or not. Most healthcare sites and brokers take an incentive or kickback from insurance companies for recommending certain plans. However, Impact Health does not. Carrillo and Lee sought to create a neutral healthcare platform that would provide unbiased advice on the best options for each individual user. With the rise of tech-savvy consumers and the accompanying demand for industry transparency, Impact Health is set to emerge as the clear choice for smart and honest healthcare shopping.
To learn more about Impact Health or to begin using the platform, visit www.impacthealth.io or call 626-765-4599.
Impact Health (www.impacthealth.io) is a free website that makes the process of searching for the right health insurance plan to be simple, honest and more personalized for everyone. Impact Health was created and founded in July 2014 by Christine Carrillo and Helen Lee who aim to bring ease and individuality to the purchasing process, freeing consumers from industry bias. By merely answering a couple of questions, and noting the medications you take, Impact Health uses a custom algorithm to find the top plans that fit your personal needs. Now shopping for health insurance is human again.
SOURCE Impact Health