Medical bills typically look like they’re written in their own incomprehensible language.
These mysterious statements — a mishmash of diagnosis and reimbursement codes, writeoffs and charges — are so confusing that the federal government put out a design and innovation challenge last spring to try to make them easier to decipher.
Among the more than 80 entries, Sequence, a San Francisco digital-products design firm, won one of two prizes, top nod for the best mobile-based approach for the patient. The winners, each receiving a $5,000 cash prize from the Department of Health and Human Services, were announced last week at the 10th annual Health 2.0 annual fall conference in Santa Clara.
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