BOSTON, MA – Santovia and EBSCO Health have partnered to offer a functional way to provide a mechanism that patients have desired for a long time – the ability to review the pros and cons of their healthcare options.

Shared decision making − healthcare professionals and patients communicating together to make informed healthcare decisions − is desired by many, shown to increase patient satisfaction, and widely promoted as an ideal approach for healthcare decision making. Shared decision making has been tested in hundreds of research studies and there are international communities working to advance the concepts. But real-world healthcare is still lacking shared decision making for most people – the challenges of knowing pros and cons of the options to choose from, and the challenges of supporting such communication during clinical practice have been too high a barrier to reach shared decision making as an expectation in practice.

EBSCO Health offers, as one of its many medical point-of-care resources, Option Grid™ decision aids, which provide easy-to-understand comparisons of benefits, risks and burdens of healthcare options for many common healthcare decisions. Santovia has produced easy-to-use technology so healthcare professionals can select Option Grid decision aids to match the patient’s profile, and the patient can view it in the most convenient ways, whether in the room together with the professional, from the comfort of their own home, or on the go with mobile devices.

Combining these solutions with the electronic health record (EHR) is needed for real-world implementation in today’s systems. The first EHR system where this is now fully established is eClinicalWorks. Dr. Glyn Elwyn, a thought leader in shared decision making and the founder of Option Grid says, “To have Option Grid patient decision aids easily available to the many thousands of healthcare professionals who use innovative electronic healthcare platforms is an amazing development for shared decision making.”

Santovia Chief Executive Officer Fiona Calnan says that she’s looking forward to working with the team at EBSCO Health on these decision aids. “Santovia is currently transforming patient engagement through its innovative design and technology. Paired with shared decision making tools like Option Grid, we hope to continue to enhance the patient/clinician relationship and experience.”

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About Santovia

Santovia is an innovative patient engagement platform. Our technology tackles major issues facing healthcare users and professionals today. Through education and targeted surveys, it facilitates shared decision making and better recovery for patients and helps physicians understand how to improve patient experience. Santovia’s compelling and engaging user interface combined with its in-depth analytics sets a new standard for patient engagement systems. Santovia is available on all platforms and optimized for smartphones and tablets.

About EBSCO’s Health Resources 

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, medical research information and healthcare business intelligence for the healthcare industry. EBSCO users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include DynaMed®, Dynamic Health™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as CINAHL® Complete, MEDLINE® Complete) plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO’s health databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the research platform favored by libraries around the world.

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