The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians. These reports and the research upon which they are based have helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts and others improve their understanding of the efficiency and effectiveness of our health care system. This valuable data forms the foundation for many of the ongoing efforts to improve health and health systems across America.
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI) was founded in 1988 by Dr. John E. Wennberg as the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences (CECS). Among its 30 years of accomplishments, it has established a new discipline and educational focus in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, introduced and advanced the concept of shared decision making for patients, demonstrated unwarranted variation in the practice and outcomes of medical treatment, and shown that more health care is not necessarily better care. Healthy skepticism about new treatments and medical “breakthroughs,” an understanding of the risks and benefits of many common therapies and surgeries, and unique educational programs have produced more informed agents of change among physicians, health professionals, the media, and the public.
The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making is a non-profit organization leading changes to ensure that health care decisions are made with the active participation of fully informed patients. The Foundation is dedicated to advancing research, policy, and clinical models that ensure that patients understand their choices and have the information they need to make sound decisions about their health and well-being.
Health Dialog Health Dialog was founded to bring to practice the groundbreaking research of Dartmouth researcher Dr. Jack Wennberg, who showed that there is significant variation in the delivery of medical care across providers and that much of this variation is unwarranted by medical evidence. Its mission is to improve healthcare quality and reduce rising medical costs by addressing this variation in the healthcare system. This is achieved through integrated care management offerings that are designed to help people reach better decisions about their own health and health care.