BOSTON — Rite Aid subsidiary Health Dialog’s decision aids will be offered by New West Physicians of Colorado. Beginning immediately, New West patients facing spinal stenosis, knee and hip osteoarthritis and other conditions can access Health Dialog’s shared decision making tools to understand the benefits and risks of different treatment options.
According to Health Dialog, its SDM programs tend to choose less invasive care, have better outcomes when they choose surgery and report being happier with both their care and their provider.
"We believe that shared decision making forms the foundation of the patient-physician relationship and informs many of our discussions with our patients," said Ken Cohen, MD, FACP and Chief Medical Officer, New West Physicians. "Health Dialog's partnership has allowed us to significantly improve the content and therefore the value of our shared decision making process."
Health Dialog decision aids are regularly reviewed and revised for clinical accuracy by Harvard Medical School doctors. New West Physicians will promote Health Dialog’s decision aids to patients via its website, NWPhysicians.com/my-health-decision/, social channels and patient newsletter.
"Payers, patients, physicians, professional societies, government and patient advocacy organizations have praised the power of SDM to help people make better, more informed healthcare decisions," said Web Golinkin, CEO at Health Dialog. "As patient engagement in population health programs challenges even the most successful organizations, forward thinkers like New West Physicians are recognizing SDM as an effective strategy for improving not only a single decision but overall population health success."
Web Dialog works with large health plans, employers and providers to improve the health and wellness of their members, employees, patients and customers while reducing costs and improving performance in key quality measures.
New West Physicians, founded in 1994, is the healthcare provider of choice for patients seeking quality health care services in the Denver area.