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An App Being Developed Here in Tulsa Aims to Bring Price Transparency to Medical Services

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Aired on Thursday, January 28th.

What if you had an app on your smartphone that could tell precisely how much a certain medical procedure was going to cost...before you even visited the doctor or called your health insurance company? Sounds like a rather great (and overdue) idea, no? Such an app is very much in development these days, right here in our community. On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with Matt Scovil and Nathan Gilchrist, the two co-founders of a company called Medefy. This company is, per its website, "a seed-stage healthcare IT startup based in Tulsa. Medefy's chief product under development is a unique software tool that brings true price transparency to the medical services and provider market, allowing the corporate health-insured employee to see how much any covered medical procedure/provider will cost, and how it will interact with their specific benefit package. Incentives will be in place to prompt the user to choose high-quality, lower-cost care, saving themselves, and their employer, substantial money in both the short and long term."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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