Our nonprofit mission is to help people make better health decisions. It’s a simple mission and one that we’ve been passionate about since long before we merged with Healthwise in 2014. We’ve always believed that the only way to ensure high-quality health care decisions is for a fully informed patient to participate in the decision-making process.
Each time someone uses Healthwise® information to make a decision or take action, it results in one mission point. The Foundation supports mission points through our research and advocacy efforts.
The best health decisions are the ones that result in people getting the care that’s right for them as individuals. This means giving people the tools to:
Because if information doesn’t help people get appropriate care, it doesn’t help—plain and simple. When it does help, it’s as powerful as any test, medication, or surgery. Without it, medical care is incomplete.
Our research focus helps improve health care by demonstrating the value of evidenced-based information written in plain language to help people make better health decisions. And better decisions provide a path to achieving the Triple Aim outcomes: better care, better health, and lower costs.
Our advocacy focus promotes patient engagement in health care through regulatory, policy, and quality initiatives, and by growing the use of shared decision making, patient education materials, and care planning across the nation.
Our goal is to help people manage their health and make better health decisions—regardless of where they live or the language they speak.
That’s our daily work, and our mission.