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Call for Keeping Patients Informed Is Heard Loud and Clear

  141 attendees… 290 Twitter participants… 1,599 tweets… 3,806,868 Twitter impressions… These numbers represent the impact of the recent Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice (SIIPC) conference, held June 25-27 in Hanover, NH. Aligning with this year’s theme, “The legal … Continue reading

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The President’s Corner: June 2014

The Foundation will continue to maintain its identity as the research and policy arm of Healthwise, so we have been hard at work on our strategic plans for research and advocacy. Ben Moulton and Leslie Kelly Hall are leading the advocacy and policy efforts to transform the health care system into a truly patient-centered system. Advocacy efforts in the short run will focus on patient decision aid certification, promoting national and state policies supportive of informed and involved people facing health decisions, and penetration of shared decision making into new markets. Carrie Levin is heading the research efforts, with expert support from Jack Fowler and the rest of the research team. The evolving research strategic plan focuses on projects to improve decision-support and behavior-change solutions, projects to improve solution implementation, and projects demonstrating the value of these solutions in health care. As these projects unfold, we will be building a research infrastructure, developing clinical partnerships as collaborative “laboratories,” and further sharpening and standardizing key outcome measures. Continue reading

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A Call for Shared Decisions as Part of National Women’s Health Month

During the month of May, women are inundated with messages to visit their primary care provider and get screening tests done as part of awareness efforts for National Women’s Health Month. For many women, keeping track of what tests to … Continue reading

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7th Annual Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice Will Focus on Greater Transparency in Health Care

This June, patients, physicians, lawyers, policy makers, ethicists and others will gather in Hanover, New Hampshire, for the 7th Annual Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice (SIIPC). With the theme “The legal and ethical implications of keeping patients in the dark,” the sessions will be an invigorating 3-day discussion about health care transparency. Speakers will focus on the importance of greater transparency in health care and innovative solutions to promote patient–centered care through interdisciplinary collaborations. Continue reading

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A Walk Down Memory Lane: History, Pop Culture and Economics of 1989

As we continue our 25th-anniversary celebration, we thought it would be fun to look back at the history, pop culture and economics of our birth year, 1989. For you history buffs, 1989 marked the end of the Cold War, the … Continue reading

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