About Us

The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, now a division of Healthwise, has been working to advance evidence-based shared decision making since 1989. We believe the only way to ensure that high quality health care decisions are being made is for a fully informed patient to participate in a shared decision making process with their clinician. Through our research and advocacy efforts, we are dedicated to helping people make better health decisions.

On April 1, 2014 we officially merged with Healthwise, a global provider of health information, decision support tools, behavior change assistance, and personal care planning for the top health plans, care management companies, hospitals and consumer health portals.

As one organization, we inform patients and amplify each person’s voice to:

  • Help people improve the care they provide for themselves and their families.
  • Help people set and reach health behavior goals.
  • Advocate for public policy that supports these goals.

Our Mission

To help people make better health decisions

Our Focus

Research and Evaluation

For over two decades we’ve been committed to fostering greater understanding of the many benefits of shared decision making and how to overcome barriers to successful implementation through research and evaluation. Our research and evaluation efforts focus on demonstrating the value of Healthwise solutions in helping people make better health decisions. Better decisions provide a path to improvement in the Triple Aim outcomes: better care for individuals, better health for populations and lower costs.

Advocacy and Policy

Throughout our history, we’ve been committed to advancing shared decision making policy because we believe there’s an ethical imperative to do the right thing and that shared decision making is truly perfected informed consent. In recent years, shared decision making has received increased attention from health policy makers because of the potential to bridge health disparities and conserve utilization of surgical interventions. Our advocacy and policy efforts focus on promoting patient engagement in health care through regulatory, policy and quality initiatives, compelling the use of shared decision making, patient education materials, and care planning across the nation.