Cambia Talks Innovation with Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health

September 22, 2016

Cambia was one of four health care companies invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health last week. The hearing, Exploring the Use of Technology and Innovation to Create Efficiencies and Higher Quality in Health Care, focused on how to improve the quality and efficiency of our health care system while reducing costs.

Cambia Chief Operating Officer Jared Short was one of the experts invited to the hearing. Other panelists included Michael Gallup, President, TeleTracking; Paul Black, Chief Executive Officer, Allscripts; and Greg Long, Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, Systems of Care, ThedaCare.

Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA) – in what may be one of his last Subcommittee appearances before retirement – said, “This could be one of the more important hearings we’ve held during my time as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee. Innovation will be central to our efforts to address rising health care costs.” 

In his testimony, Jared highlighted many of the Direct Health Solutions Cambia owns or invests in including:

  • HealthSparq, a transparency tool that allows people to shop for health care services by showing price and quality of health care services
  • GNS Healthcare, which collects patient data, analyzes it and determines which treatment is the best match for patients
  • MedSavvy, a platform that provides report-card-style grades on common medications and treatments

“We’re changing the way people experience health care by using technology to make health care simpler and more personalized,” he said.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) said the subcommittee planned to dig deeper into the issues of improving efficiency and quality in health care, and would continue examining emerging technologies and digital health in 2017.

Read more about the Ways and Means hearing in “Congressional Leaders Exploring Use of Digital Health to Improve Federal Healthcare Programs” in Healthcare Informatics.

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