HealthHelp CIO Steve Spar Featured at HIMSS13

Publish Date: February 22, 2013 - 10:30am

HealthHelp, a leading Specialty Benefit Management organization, is extremely data-driven in its mission to guide physicians in a collaborative approach toward the right tests and treatments. Steve Spar, chief information officer for the leading specialty benefits management provider, will speak about one of HealthHelp’s key data tools at the upcoming Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

In his presentation, "Democratizing Access to Complex Healthcare Data with Visual Analytics," Spar will share HealthHelp's experience using Tableau Software to provide Health Plans and medical professionals with self-serve access to complex data, which allows the company to enhance care quality while reducing cost. The talk will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5.

The not-for-profit HIMSS provides global leadership for the optimal use of information technology and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. The annual conference runs March 3 through 7 this year, with the intersection of health IT issues, technology, mandates, and delivery of care serving as the focus. President Bill Clinton will deliver a keynote address on Wednesday, March 6.

Other keynote speakers include:

•Eric J. Topol, West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine, Scripps Health and Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute

•Cardiologist Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services

•Political consultant James Carville, who will debate politics, economics, and healthcare reform with political contributor Karl Rove, Fox News contributor and Wall Street Journal columnist.
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About HealthHelp CIO Steve Spar

Steve Spar has thirty years of experience in technology-company growth and management. Before joining HealthHelp, he served as the president of ESX Engineering, a health care- and Internet-oriented information technology consulting firm. Prior to ESX, Mr. Spar served as the vice president of software development and engineering for Physix, a leading provider of physician-workflow software. In addition, Mr. Spar was a cofounder, director, and executive vice president of Optex Biomedical, a venture capital-backed, publicly traded technology company that develops sophisticated, software-driven medical instrumentation. Mr. Spar holds a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and a M.S. degree from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

About HealthHelp®

HealthHelp, a leader in specialty benefits management, generates significant savings and return on investment for health care payers by enhancing physician knowledge, improving quality of care, and reducing unnecessary radiation exposure. Each of its programs addresses a different aspect of radiology, cardiology, medical and radiation oncology, emergency medicine, musculoskeletal care, and sleep medicine. The clients of Houston-based HealthHelp administer local, statewide, and national health care plans across the country. For more information about HealthHelp’s programs, visit