In the spring of 2005, then-president Jack Fowler of the then-Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making (FIMDM) approached me looking for ideas. He wanted to bring ideas to his Board about how to reach the broader patient population beyond those that FIMDM was reaching with its condition-specific shared decision-making programs (which I had helped produce throughout the ’90s as an employee of FIMDM based at Dartmouth Medical School).
I immediately told him how much I admired a fledgling Media Doctor website in Australia, which was systematically reviewing health care news coverage in that country. I thought the FIMDM mission of improving patient decision-making and the Media Doctor mission of improving media messages about health care intersected. Fowler got the picture immediately, sold his Board on the idea, and granted me the first of 8 years of funding.
After a year of planning and building the team of reviewers and the website, we launched HealthNewsReview.org on April 17, 2006.
I have always been blessed by having a terrific team of contributors – about 70 different people at one time or another. But four have been with me during the entire time: Harold DeMonaco, and Drs. Steve Atlas, Karen Carlson and Kathleen Fairfield.
I wanted you to be able to hear from all four in this 10th anniversary podcast. It is the industry-independent expertise of people like this that gave our project immediate street cred 10 years ago, with a reputation that has grown ever since.
Some stats and historical notes:
In a talk I gave last week, I used this slide to try to explain why we’ve stuck with this for 10 years.
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Credit: podcast editor Cristeta Boarini
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