Award-Winning Decision Aids Position Health Dialog for Health Reform

Videos Facilitate a Shared Decision Making Process Between Patients and Doctors

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Dialog today announced that three of its Shared Decision Making® videos have been recognized for excellence with 2010 Remi Awards: “Living with Coronary Artery Disease” (platinum), “Spinal Stenosis: Choosing the Right Treatment for You” (gold), and “Growing Older, Staying Well” (bronze). The awards were announced on Saturday, April 17 at the 43rd annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. Remi Awards are granted for outstanding creativity in film and video. With the Shared Decision Making approach poised to play a significant role in health reform, these awards affirm Health Dialog’s leadership in the field.

“Health Dialog has actively supported patient-centered, high quality healthcare during the health reform debate in Washington. With the Shared Decision Making concept recognized as an important tool in the transformation of our healthcare delivery system, we are looking forward to being a valued partner for policy-makers and private entities alike,” said Elise Burns, Vice President, Government Affairs, Health Dialog. “For more than 10 years we’ve provided our members with Shared Decision Making support through health coaching and award-winning decision aids. At this pivotal time in U.S. healthcare, we hope to bring this experience of helping people make informed medical decisions to the broader population.”

The Health Dialog videos honored with 2010 Remi Awards are just three of a broad library of medical decision aids developed by Health Dialog that collectively has garnered over 40 awards from prestigious competitions. These decision aids are disseminated to members as part of Health Dialog’s broader decision support programs which include Health Coaching by registered nurses to help people make shared decisions with their doctors. The Shared Decision Making approach is effective in improving quality of care received, enhancing patients’ satisfaction with the system, and curbing unnecessary costs. Research shows that on average, the use of a Shared Decision Making process is associated with a 25% reduction in elective surgical treatments.1

About Health Dialog Services Corporation:

Health Dialog Services Corporation is a leading provider of healthcare analytics and decision support. The firm is a private, wholly-owned subsidiary of Bupa, a global provider of healthcare services. Health Dialog helps healthcare payors improve healthcare quality while reducing overall costs. Company offerings include health coaching for medical decisions, chronic conditions, and wellness; population analytic solutions; and consulting services. Health Dialog helps individuals participate in their own healthcare decisions, develop more effective relationships with their physicians, and live healthier, happier lives. For more information please visit www.healthdialog.com.

1 O'Connor AM., et al. Decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (published in 2009 with data through 2006)



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