Informed Medical Decisions Program

The Informed Medical DecisionsTM Program (IMDP) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) was established on April 1, 2017. The IMDP is housed within the Health Decision Sciences Center (HDSC), part of MGH’s Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. The IMDP was established with a $2 million three-year grant from Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions.


To inform and amplify the patient’s voice in health care decisions.


The program’s core areas of investigation are:

  • Research to prove the value of tools and solutions for patient engagement.
  • Research to extend the science of measuring decision quality.
  • Research to assess optimal ways to ensure people are informed and involved in their health and health care.

Research projects conducted by the IMDP will be selected and planned to advance the mission. The IMDP will work with the HDSC to maintain existing and develop new decision quality measures, and act as the steward for measures submitted to the National Quality Forum for national endorsement. In addition, the Informed Medical Decisions Program team will work with the HDSC to attract additional external funding for research to advance the mission.

Informed Medical Decisions is a trademark of Healthwise, Inc.