Greetings from Boston! As we all know, 2013 has been quite an eventful year for the health care industry as a whole. While the government and other agencies have been working on implementing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Foundation has been extremely busy expanding the reach of shared decision making and cultivating new partnerships to make this patient-centered care process an everyday norm in health care.
In May we teamed up with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in sponsoring a key stakeholder meeting aimed at thinking critically about how to better align incentives to foster widespread implementation of shared decision making. Following the event, we released The Aligning Incentives Statement, a call to action piece endorsing shared decision making as a necessary component in creating a more compassionate and respectful health care system. We continue to encourage everyone to read and endorse the statement, and take action to support sustainable models of shared decision making.
Last year we began a partnership with Childbirth Connection as part of the first national maternity care shared decision making initiative. Through this initiative, we will deliver trustworthy and personalized information to women and their families so they can make informed decisions about their maternity care. The initiative team has continued their work on developing this suite of products throughout 2013 and we are excited to announce that the first three decision aids will be available mid-2014. These three decision aids address elective induction, birth options after cesarean and macrosomia (big baby). We are honored to work with Childbirth Connection on this critical initiative to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for women and their babies.
One of the biggest events for us this year was the first ever Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month in March, which, due to its success, will become an annual occurrence. SDM Month was simply four weeks of events focused on how shared decision making can improve the quality of health care and help make care more patient-centered. We would like to thank the 50 contributors that helped make this month a huge success, as well as the 400 plus individuals who attended the events. Stay tuned for information on how to participate in SDM Month 2014.
As 2013 comes to a close we turn our attention to 2014, which just happens to be our 25th anniversary year! We look forward to celebrating this momentous anniversary with you throughout the year with some fun activities. And we pledge to work even harder throughout the next 25 years to ensure that someday soon, shared decision making is the norm for every patient, no matter where they live. In closing, I would like to thank the entire Foundation staff for all their hard work this year. In addition, a huge thank you to our medical editors, clinical advisors, partners and SDM champions around the world for your continued enthusiasm and support. We wish you all a very happy holidays and a happy new year. See you in 2014!