Green River continues to expand our expertise in the conversion of special-purpose Excel-based calculators into online, browser-based calculators. This service conveys a number of benefits to clients and the public.
Barriers to Widespread Use Many special-purpose calculators have been written using MS-Excel. You can find them all over the Internet, for everything from planning low-calorie meals to divining carbon footprints. A limitation is that they only run in spreadsheet applications like Excel, so you have to download them from websites in order to use them. This method of delivery tends to put off many users, who don’t take the time to download the files and run them in the required spreadsheet application. Green River recognizes the importance of special-purpose calculators developed using spreadsheets, but needed to convert them to a browser-based presentation affordably.
See the live calculator.
And here’s a May 19th press release describing the calculator.
Examples: Calculators for Vermont Health Connect Green River converted and deployed a number of calculators for Vermont Health Connect, Vermont’s new online health exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
We implemented a “Small Employer Estimator” that’s intended to help Vermont’s businesses determine if their business is eligible to use Vermont Health Connect, and compare the costs of continuing to offer health insurance with not offering health insurance. We also created a “Subsidy Calculator” that helps users to estimate their tax credits before they enroll in a health plan. A third example for Vermont Health Connect is an “Affordability Calculator,” which helps employees figure out whether their health coverage is considered adequate and affordable.
See the screen shots below, or visit a live calculator.