SOURCE: Healthwise

July 02, 2008 08:00 ET

Healthwise Among the First to Receive NCQA Health Information Product Certification

Healthwise Interactive Tools Help People Make Better Health Decisions

BOISE, ID--(Marketwire - July 2, 2008) - Healthwise has earned Health Information Product (HIP) Certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for Interactive Consumer Health Tools. Healthwise is among the early adopters of this rigorous evaluation. The NCQA HIP certification process evaluated how Healthwise manages various aspects of data collection and systems operations, and the process it uses to continuously improve the services it provides.

The new NCQA HIP certification program assesses organizations that develop and provide content, tools, and services to health plans. HIP Interactive Consumer Health Tools certification option is structured to be consistent with NCQA health information standards.

"NCQA has a long and respected history of advancing the quality of healthcare. Healthwise is honored to be among the first to be NCQA-certified for consumer health interactive tools," said Donald W. Kemper, Healthwise founder and CEO. "The certification lets the public know that the information and tools they are using have passed rigorous inspections for quality, usability and accuracy. All of us at Healthwise are proud of this accomplishment."

"Earning NCQA's HIP Certification demonstrates that an organization has expertise in gathering and disseminating health care information for health plan members," said Kathleen C. Mudd, NCQA Vice President Product Delivery. "Healthwise is to be commended for being one of the first organizations in the nation to be reviewed for these services."

Consumers use interactive tools in the Healthwise Knowledgebase to learn important facts about their health concerns, including finding out if they are at risk for a heart attack or stroke, how much smoking costs, or how many calories they burn during physical activities.

Health plans and other organizations license products from Healthwise, such as the Knowledgebase, so that their members have access to evidence-based, easy-to-use, and easy-to-understand health tools and information. Providing health information can help health plans improve the quality and cost of care for their members.

About Healthwise

Healthwise is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Nearly 100 million times a year, people turn to Healthwise information to learn how to do more for themselves, ask for the care they need, and say "no" to the care they don't need. Healthwise partners with health plans, hospitals, disease management companies, and health Web sites to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the people they serve. To learn more about the Healthwise Information Therapy (Ix®) Solution, visit www.healthwise.org or call 1.800.706.9646.

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