Will technology lead us to healthcare cost transparency? A live online event this Thursday

shutterstock_155823119Imagine this scenario: You’ve done research on the web and your smartphone — which took minutes; not weeks — and you know how much several providers near you will charge for your tonsillectomy, barring complications; you know the fair price for the procedure.

Fact or futuristic science fiction?  Can recent tech innovations lead the way to healthcare cost transparency? Startups like Castlight Health, PokitDoc, and Clear Health Costs are using the power of data, mHealth and the internet to help employers and patients compare prices and find doctors; what are the results so far?  How are patients responding? And will transparent pricing really help change the way the system works?

Join TEDMED and special guests this Thursday at 2pm Eastern on Google+ for an online discussion focusing on Technology and Health Cost Transparency.

MODERATOR: Dan Munro is a journalist and writer covering healthcare and digital health for Forbes and the founder and CEO of iPatient– an online service designed to help transform the patient-provider dialog.

Read Dan’s guest post on the TEDMED blog about the future of health cost transparency, and follow him on Twitter @DanMunro.

Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. A Great Challenges Team Member, Jeanne has been a leader in the health cost transparency movement, partnering this Summer with WNYC to crowdsource the cost of mammograms.
Follow Jeanne on Twitter @CHCosts.

Maribeth Shannon is director of the California Health Care Foundation’s Market and Policy Monitor program, which promotes greater transparency and accountability in California’s health care system. Maribeth was featured in Health Affairs this week for her coauthored piece, No Method To The Madness: The Divergence Between Hospital Billed Charges And Payments, And What To Do About It.”
Follow CHCF on Twitter @CHCFNews.

Amy Edgar is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Cedar Crest College, one of the sites selected to participate in Great Challenges Day Live as part of TEDMED 2013. Amy is also the Founder of the Children’s Integrated Center for Success.
Follow Amy on Twitter @ProfAmyE.

Lisa Maki is the CEO and founder of PokitDoc, an online marketplace aimed at sharing health care information and cost details to help patients find clinicians and care services. At TEDMED 2013, PokitDoc was one of 50 startups featured in the Hive.
Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaMMaki.