SOURCE: Healthwise, Incorporated

Healthwise, Incorporated

April 21, 2016 02:00 ET

Healthwise and Totally PLC Bring Award-Winning Health Education Directly to the People of the United Kingdom

BOISE, ID and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - April 21, 2016) - Healthwise and Totally PLC today announced an agreement that gives people of the United Kingdom immediate access to unbiased, evidence-based health education that puts the power directly in their hands to make positive and lasting changes to their health. By integrating the Healthwise® Care Management Solution, Totally PLC is giving more people access to award-winning videos, interactive tools and decision aids to help them make better health decisions and health behavior changes.

"Totally PLC, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Totally Health, is bringing our unmatched health education programs and applications directly to people to give them greater autonomy and support in managing their health," said Healthwise President and COO Jim Giuffré. "In light of the changes taking place in population health and behavior change science, this is a great opportunity to adapt our Care Management Solution for different cultures in different countries," added Giuffré.

Totally Health, established to promote health and wellbeing by driving innovation and empowering people to self-care, focuses on supported self-care for people with long-term conditions that may be affecting their ability to work.

Wendy Lawrence, CEO of Totally PLC, said, "Totally is delighted to announce this UK 3-year agreement with Healthwise, which is the latest strategic step forward in the company's ongoing growth plan. We look forward to a successful working relationship with Healthwise."

The partnership demonstrates the strength of Totally's reputation as well as its health services and gives Totally access to the world's leading clinical content, enabling it to extend the strength and depth of its services. The partnership will also help further drive Totally's reputation as a preeminent healthcare specialist.

The agreement also gives Healthwise, a nonprofit health education, technology and services organization, the opportunity to further extend their nonprofit mission to help people make better health decisions into the U.K.

About Healthwise 
Healthwise is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. In 2014, Healthwise merged with the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation to further advance the mission. People have turned to Healthwise information more than 1.5 billion times 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 hospitals, electronic medical record (EMR) providers, health plans, care management companies, and health websites to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the people they serve. www.healthwise.org. 1.800.706.9646.

About Totally PLC
Totally PLC, through its subsidiary Totally Health, is focused on the provision of professional health coaching which promotes and facilitates self care. Totally's services have been shown to reduce costs for Clinical Commissioning Groups by, for example, reducing unplanned admissions to hospitals and visits to Accident and Emergency Departments.

Totally currently operates contracts with NHS England and several CCGs across England delivering their Long Term Condition Management and Shared Decision Making Programs. 

Totally Health is a provider of a range of services to the healthcare sector that supports individuals to better understand their clinical conditions and support them to avoid exacerbations of such conditions and promote self care.

Shared Decision Making and the Management of Long Term Conditions are key strategic areas for the NHS in England. The NHS in England estimates that £7 out of every £10 spent on health and social care is spent looking after people diagnosed with a Long Term Condition.

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