Get to Know Our Team: Jesse, Ashwini & Tyler

Awhile back, we were looking for a way to highlight the amazing people that come together each day at HealthSparq to make health care more transparent for consumers. We also wanted an excuse to pie a bunch of our colleagues in the face. The natural result? A new series of blog posts that will introduce some of the people and roles that make HealthSparq a great place to work. This week, we’re highlighting three unique people and roles:

Jesse Southworth

Title: Director of Strategic Initiatives
Joined HealthSparq: May 2014
Based in: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Reno, Nevada

How would you describe what you do at HealthSparq?
I’m the covert ops Navy SEAL guy, which really means that I’m a subject matter expert on all things health-related and serve as an anchor to the reality of the health care industry.

What’s your favorite part about working here? 
It still has a small company feel where an individual employee can have direct impact on the company and/or its clients.

What’s one interesting fact about you?
I’m a trained whitewater rafting guide and a chemical engineer by education. Today that means I use my education to make my own bitters and shrubs for cocktails and brew my own beer. Also, I’m a second-generation Reno, Nevadan, and since my kids won’t be the third, we did give our second kid the middle name Reno to make up for it.

If you could make one prediction for the future of health care, what would it be?
I’ve got two:

  1. That ACOs (accountable care organizations) blow up
  2. Employer-purchased health coverage is strapped to the bomb as it goes off.

Ashwini Talasila

Title: Product Manager, Provider Profiles
Joined HealthSparq: December 2014
Based in: Portland, OR
Hometown: Hydrabad, India

How would you describe what you do at HealthSparq?
I’m in a fun role in the middle of all the chaos that brings some order to things. I work with people across our design, UX and development teams to make health care as transparent as possible, help users navigate our tools better and help users find a doctor when they need one.

What’s your favorite part about working here? 
The people. Everyone is very friendly, easy to collaborate with and there to help when you need it. Everyone is very open, there’s a lot of humor, lots of food (food is a big deal). You spend half your life working, and you better spend it with people you really like working with!

What’s one interesting fact about you?
I have no filter, whatever I think just comes out of my mouth. People can easily see what’s going on in my brain right on my face.

If you could make one prediction for the future of health care, what would it be?
I expect my cell phone will be able to make an appointment for me with my primary care doctor, or figure out which clinic or doctor has the next opening for emergency based on all my healthcare information, movement, sleep, heart rate, etc. We have so much data on our phones and I see that phones will act like personal assistants in the future.

Tyler Cox

Title: Senior Manager of Consumer Analytics and Insights
Joined HealthSparq: March 2013
Based in: Portland, OR
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

How would you describe what you do at HealthSparq?
My team looks at how consumers use our tools, so we can make them better. We’re constantly generating data to show clients the value they (and their members) are getting from our tools.

What’s your favorite part about working here? 
I feel really good about what we are doing as a company. Day to day, what we’re building and how we use data analytics to inform our tools really does, at the end of the day, help empower people to make smarter health care choices.

What’s one interesting fact about you?
I have competed in a dog sled race (one of those things about growing up in Alaska!)

If you could make one prediction for the future of health care, what would it be?
I would really like to see the market evolve to a place where providers and hospital systems are taking it upon themselves to not only collaborate (in terms of collaborative care), but also work together to ensure that prices and quality are fair for the end consumer. Rather than reacting to the fact that we are now providing cost data and they have to adjust to increased transparency, I want them to take a role in making health care costs clear for consumers.

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