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Spotlight On Castlight: Online Tool Helps Patients Turn Consumers

WBUR's Martha Bebinger

On HealthCare Savvy today, WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports on the growing buzz around Castlight Health, an online shopping tool for health care consumers. She writes:

Investors are betting on the firm, and it keeping turning up on “best of” lists. Castlight led The Wall Street Journal’s top 50 Venture-Backed Companies for 2011. It’s one of Dow Jones’ 50 Most Investment-Worthy Technology Start-Ups, and is on Fast Company’s list of the world’s most innovative companies.

Castlight is an online tool that gives patients cost and quality information for doctors, hospitals and specific procedures. The costs are based on your individual insurance plan. It is only available through employers who contract with the company. There is a demo on the company’s homepage. We have one review and will post more as we get them.

Dr. Giovanni Colella of Castlight Health

Read the full post here for her interview with Castlight CEO Dr. Giovanni Colella, who talks about helping to create a “whole new behavioral industry” as patients and doctors alike to begin to think more about costs. Some basics:

What are the most common reasons that members use Castlight?

A first user search is typically to compare the cost and quality of their primary care doctor. The costs can range from $80-$250. Those searches alone are generating savings. That’s give or take, what happens in the first search, but keep in mind that our oldest client has only been with us for a year, so we are really just starting to analyze all of this.

So members are not as likely to look for who offers the lowest cost and best quality test or procedure? Continue reading