Anthem

role

Associate Experience Design Director

Scope

Online Shopping Platform

How do you make an enjoyable shopping experience in a category that everyone hates? 

the problem

With the passing of the Affordable Healthcare Act, and the rise of self-employment, more people are signing up for individual insurance. But the shopping process is still designed for employers and brokers who are industry experts. Anthem asked us to create a shopping experience that broke the mold of health insurance sites, and helped shoppers find a plan that was right for them. 

The Strategy

Shopping for insurance can be confusing, so we wanted to make it as simple as possible. The experience starts with brand-agnostic education to get everyone off on the right foot. Once users start shopping, we ask one question at a time, and personalize things as we go so that they only see what they need to.

Many shoppers don’t know the difference between a PPO and HMO, or Deductible and Premium (don't worry, we didn’t either). We wanted to take the time to explain these differences upfront in an interactive and lightweight way so that shoppers could make educated decisions once they started the shopping process.  

create informed shoppers

Shopping for health insurance can be stressful. To make the process as simple as possible we created a stepped process that focuses the user on a single question. Their answers dynamically adjusted the following questions, so we only ask what we need to. 

one question at a time

When doing consumer research, we found that many shoppers became overwhelmed when presented with a large number of plan options. So we decided to gather preference information up front so that we could show streamlined and personalized results that were easy to scan and shop. 

personalize results

Roles

As an Experience Designer, I think it's important to be involved in a project from initial concept all the way to launch. Here are the work flows that I was involved in on the Anthem project. 

creative direction

Oversaw team of 5 to provided experience and design direction, focusing on simplicity and personalization. 

Spoke with recent insurance-shoppers to learn about their pain points and desires. 

consumer research

content strategy

Based on consumer research, created educational content using plain language rather than industry jargon.

Design was simple and straightforward, gathering preferences step by step to personalize results. 

ux design

user testing

Designs were tested by new and returning shoppers. Feedback lead to edits in flow and designs.

Worked with development team to test build and identify bugs across different screen sizes and browsers.

quality assurance

The Flow

1. Educate

2. preferences

3. results

4. apply

5. complete

plan results

Plan details

prefernces

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