Get to Know Our Team: Alison, Damien & Rachel

Alison Greco

Title: Head of User Research
Joined HealthSparq: July 2014
Based in: Portland, OR
Hometown: I don’t really have one, I moved around a lot growing up! Portland is now my adopted hometown.

How would you describe what you do at HealthSparq? 
I go to a lot of meetings, say no a great deal and say “try this” a lot.

My team is involved in making design decisions. As the user advocate across all our products, I provide the voice of the end consumers to ensure that every product and feature we build best meets their needs.

What’s your favorite part about working here? 
The people. I love my team categorically. We laugh all day. We solve hard problems because health care is really complicated, but its done in this atmosphere of collegiality.

What’s one interesting fact about you?
I have resting evil face…My nickname is Dr. Evil around the office, because apparently I have a knowing smile that says “I’m planning something sinister.”

If you could make one prediction for the future of health care, what would it be?
I want data to not be proprietary or fractured; I want it to be available and centralized.

I really hope a central repository of information accessible by all players in the field is created. It would be a site of truth where doctors, insurers, payers and anyone else can access continuous, historical patient information. We’d be able to move past scattered systems and would be huge in allowing us to become more predictive in health care.

Damien Macielinski

Title: Manager, Software Quality Assurance Engineering
Joined HealthSparq: July 2014
Based in: Portland
Hometown: Warren, MI

How would you describe what you do at HealthSparq?
I herd cats. I’m responsible for leading the team that assures quality in client implementations.

What’s your favorite part about working here? 
I like the constant challenge and that there is a lot of room for growth. We’re all working towards growing and maturing as a business and as engineering organizations.

What’s one interesting fact about you?
I’m a secret options trader.

If you could make one prediction for the future of health care, what would it be?
I would like to see one form of cancer cured. Just start with one form being cured. Obviously, medicine isn’t working. Some new technology will have to do it. Don’t try to cure all the cancers – just cure one.

Rachel Borgeson

Title: Delivery Manager
Joined HealthSparq: November 2014
Based in: Portland
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

How would you describe what you do at HealthSparq?
I manage client implementations and juggle client requests.

What’s your favorite part about working here? 
I really like the community we have here, the people, and being around them is my favorite thing about working at HealthSparq. Everyone is super smart, works their tail off and are fun. Makes coming to work every day not so bad.

What’s one interesting fact about you?
I am crazy coupon lady. I walk around the store with a handful of coupons. I’m not cheap in other areas of my life, but if I can save a quarter on coffee I couldn’t be happier.

If you could make one prediction for the future of health care, what would it be?
I’d love to find a way where we eliminate the waiting room. I think health care will be so much more of a retail experience, a combination of Yelp and open table – one app to make an appointment, read reviews and get directions. All from your phone.

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