BOISE, ID--(Marketwired - May 15, 2013) - When you think of excellence in improving health care, exceptional hospitals, health plans and clinics first come to mind -- and the Boise area has plenty of those. But the greatest force for improving health care has always been the informed and activated patient.

For 38 years the mission of Healthwise has been "to help people make better health decisions." Today, Healthwise shares its Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Industry Excellence Award with the hundred million patients who use Healthwise information every year to improve their own health and health care.

"Over a billion times, we've helped people make informed health decisions. And we believe it is an informed and engaged patient who will keep the future of health care bright," said Donald W. Kemper, Healthwise founder and CEO. "This award honors the work Healthwise is doing to improve health outcomes and lower health care costs."

Healthwise started with the Healthwise® Handbook and community workshops throughout Idaho. Now it provides video, electronic and print health education solutions that reach people at the point of care throughout the world when they need it most: in their home, the doctor's office, the hospital, their employer health and wellness programs, or through their insurance provider.

"Every chair was filled at the awards ceremony," said Jim Giuffré, Healthwise president and COO. "It was great to see such strong support for the Chamber and all they do for our business community. We're honored to be recognized with this award and want to also acknowledge Primary Health and eHealthApp for their work in advancing health care quality."

About Healthwise
Healthwise is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. People have turned to Healthwise information more than a 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, disease management companies, and health websites to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the people they serve.

© 2013 Healthwise, Incorporated.
Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise.

Contact Information:

Christian Lybrook
Phone: 208-331-6963