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April 17, 2019

Engineering Spotlight: HealthEdge

HealthEdge provides healthcare payors with technology that enables them to innovate, reduce costs, and address the business imperatives of the evolving healthcare economy.

We connected with several members of HealthEdge’s engineering team to get an inside look at the company’s technology, various projects, the team's culture and more.

Interested in joining HealthEdge’s engineering team? Click here to see all of the company’s job openings!


Quick Hit Details

  • Year Founded:  2005

  • Number of employees: 500 + growing every day!

  • Number of engineers: 235

  • Industry: HealthCare IT


Can you share a summary on what HealthEdge does?  

HealthEdge provides the only modern, software platform for healthcare payors. Using the patented HealthRules software suite, health plans, health insurance companies, and other payors can finally respond to new business opportunities and market changes in hours, not months or years, while drastically reducing both IT and operational costs. Leveraging an investment of over $125 million, HealthRules is the most modern, scalable, and cost-effective technology in the industry. HealthEdge is the only choice for payors to survive and thrive in the emerging healthcare economy.


What are some of the different technologies that the engineering team gets to work with and at what scale?

Within Platform Engineering, we are focused on transforming a legacy technology stack into a more modern, SaaS-based model. From adjustment of the infrastructure consumption model to exploring more modern technology stacks, we are tackling what it takes to migrate our highly flexible software stack to a more self-serving, efficient, scalable technology model.

What are some of the interesting projects that the engineering team is tackling?

The Platform Engineering Group is a newly formed task force that is looking to build out automation.  Historically, our business model was built on custom development that our customers requested, and as we grew we needed to find ways to productize the extensive knowledge we built up with each customer implementation. Now that our product is dynamic and has a foothold in the market, we are on to the next horizon: automation. Given the challenges of keeping our day-to-day customer work moving within project deadlines, we needed to stop and make a conscious decision and investment to automate in order to scale.  

Does your engineering team have a chance to work on projects outside of their day-to-day responsibilities?

Because we are growing so rapidly, there are opportunities throughout the company to contribute towards new ideas and new technologies.  We are looking for new ways to allow our Engineers to be creative and collaborate including a yearly Hackathon day to work on projects outside of their day-to-day. From a hiring perspective, we love to see what you’re working on and what interests you. Send us a GitHub link over a LinkedIn profile any day!

What is the culture like at HealthEdge for the engineering team?

Currently, we are in a transformation mode at HealthEdge, which is not always an easy and comfortable place to be in. Just as many organizations have gone through growing pains, we are in that spot today. We are looking to leverage all of these lessons we learned in our first 10 years of business, and marry them to the need to drive newer technology and scalability to answer our customer demand and the dynamic industry of Healthcare IT.   It’s not easy, but it definitely can be fun, and not one bit boring! Part of what drives our PEG team is the curiosity and drive to work through this change. It doesn’t always make for sunshine and rainbows-it’s hard and challenging work some days to be focused on continuous improvement- but we really believe that smart people working together is at the core of what will make the changes needed. We have grown significantly over the last 3 years, and part of the change has enabled veteran HealthEdge engineers who implemented our original HealthRules product to start collaborating with engineers from larger product organizations. This mind-meld of HealthEdge expertise and fresh perspectives from other industries turns into a unique team dynamic of innovation.

What can a potential employee expect during the interview process?

Because we know how challenging it is to look for a new job while you have one, we look to have candidates come in once to meet with all the key stakeholders and decision-makers in one half-day round wherever possible. Expect some whiteboarding and brainstorming with the interview team-we care about the thought process, solutioning skills, and critical thinking as much as we care about your technical skills.

Are you involved in any local tech organizations or Meetups?

We are involved in some DevOps MeetUps.


Rapid Fire Q&A

What’s on tap?  

Diet Dr. Pepper, but occasionally whiskey with the CEO.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars except for the embarrassment that was Jar Jar Binks.

iPhone or Android?  

Android

Coffee - hot or iced?  

Hot in the morning, cold throughout the day.

Favorite employee perk?  

Passionate, engaged people working with new technologies.

What TV show describes the engineering team’s culture?  

The Big Bang Theory

What music is playing in your office?   

Green Day


Team Profiles
 


Paul Forte, VP, Technology, SaaS

“I have a passion for leveraging technology to help solve complex problems. I chose to join HealthEdge because the team’s passion to disrupt the healthcare industry by leveraging technology was apparent from the moment I walked in the door. Come join us as we work to transform this industry.”


Danyi Cai
, Site Reliability Engineer

 “I joined HealthEdge to be part of building a next-generation product in a collaborative environment where innovative ideas are encouraged. I was attracted greatly by the management team and its vision, ambition and approachability.”

Harsh Chheda
Harsh Chheda, DevOps Engineer

“I like working with HealthEdge as offers me complete Employee Ownership of the work I am assigned along with radical transparency. Also, the cross-functional atmosphere is helpful.”

Gail Caldera
Gail Caldera
, Technical Writer

"I love working at HealthEdge because it is a forward-thinking company with a positive and open culture that supports the well-being of the people while providing innovative products that are invaluable. The culture promotes collaboration, teamwork and open communication. Everyone here counts, everyone is heard, and everyone supports each other to grow and succeed."


David Paquette
, Director of Infrastructure Engineering

"HealthEdge feels like family now. Great people, great culture, great challenges, and a bright future."


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Images courtesy of HealthEdge

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