HealthHUB is the first community based mobile application that allows patients to identify the most resource efficient medical providers. HealthHUB allows patients to anonymously share their hospital bills with their community. Other patients will then be able to compare different institutions based on the price for a particular procedure or exam. Other metrics (e.g. complication rates, waiting times, patient satisfaction, quality of care) will be solicited to identify ineffective institutions.
Currently, patients are unable to pick the best provider for a procedure or exam since medical providers are often vague and non-transparent in billing, presenting only a total amount billed on receipts. This culture of non-transparency incentives price gouging and eliminates important market forces. In a marketplace, competition serves as a mechanism to reduce costs for the consumer. However, without transparent pricing competition cannot drive down prices. As a result, medical providers who provide excellent healthcare at a reasonable price cannot compete effectively against large, inefficient medical institutions since patients are ignorant of these potential savings. U.S. healthcare expenditures now exceed 3.3 trillion dollars – over 5 times our national defense budget. The U.S. outspends all other countries in healthcare yet has poorer quality of care. HealthHUB gives the power back to the consumer and brings competitive pricing to healthcare to combat excessive costs.
This mobile application solves an old and obvious problem. Everyone likely has been frustrated by non-transparent hospital billing in the past. Our clinical collaborators are excited about HealthHUB. They have been largely unrecognized for their excellent and efficient care and believe HealthHUB will give them a competitive advantage over institutions who provide inefficient, costly healthcare. The market for this application is huge – everyone needs healthcare and would like to save money. HealthHUB has value globally. Using our data, researchers could identify the most efficient healthcare practices globally and aid other institutions wishing to emulate that efficiency. This data would also aid industry and academic researchers by identifying inefficient systems in need of innovation.