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About IPI

Our Mission

The Informed Patient Institute (IPI) is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate access to credible online consumer information about health care quality, patient safety and health care costs. IPI does not rate individual health facilities or professionals. Instead, we assess the usefulness of the wealth of online doctor, hospital and nursing home report card sites. IPI also advocates for making more—and more useful—health care cost and quality information available to consumers. And we provide Tip Sheets about what to do if you have a concern about quality in a hospital, nursing home or physician's office – starting in California, Connecticut, Maine, New York and Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

 

Why This Site?

All health care providers are not the same. The quality and cost of health care varies greatly. The internet provides access to hundreds of websites purporting to tell you how well nursing homes, doctors, hospitals and other health professionals and facilities are doing their job. But the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming – and interpreting it can be confusing.

The Informed Patient Institute (IPI) was founded to help you make better use of the internet when searching for the best choices to meet your needs. We know there are many factors you have to consider such as what is available in your community; what your health insurance allows; what your doctor and friends recommend. Think of IPI as your trusted gateway to health care information about quality, cost and patient safety.

We also serve as advocates on your behalf by gathering information and resources to use if you have a concern about quality and by encouraging the organizations who publish quality information to provide more complete, and more easily understandable information about the performance of every health professional and facility in the country.

 

Our Staff

Carol Cronin – Executive Director

Carol CroninCarol founded the Informed Patient Institute in 2007. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant and advisor to non-profit organizations, foundations and government agencies including the California Endowment, AARP, Atlantic Philanthropies, the Markle Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Carol was Director of the Center for Beneficiary Services at the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA – now CMS) from 1998 to 2000, where she was responsible for the launch of www.medicare.gov, 1–800 MEDICARE and numerous other outreach and education programs. Prior to HCFA, she was Senior Vice President for Health Pages, a New York City–based consumer health information website, and worked in leadership positions at the Washington (now National) Business Group on Health. She serves on the Boards of the National Quality Forum, the Patient Voice Institute, the Citizen Advocacy Center, chairs the Joint Commission's Patient and Family Advisory Council and serves on the Johns Hopkins Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council. She also serves as President of the Judy Family Foundation. She holds an A.B. degree from Smith College and two Masters degrees in Social Work and Gerontology from the University of Southern California.

Martin Schneider – Chairman of the Board

Martin SchneiderMarty is currently a Managing Partner at Fine Capital Partners in NYC. He previously was the Founder and President of Health Pages, a consumer website devoted to providing consumers with background, experience and quality information about health care providers. He serves as the Board Chair of the Peer Health Exchange and as a Trustee of the International Center for the Disabled, IDEO.org, Bedlam Theatre Company and Consumer Reports. He received a BA from Amherst College, a MBA from The University of Chicago and a MSc from The London School of Economics.

Stuart Rohrer – Senior Web Advisor

Stuart RoherStu produces web and video channels devoted to consumer health, news and popular culture. His credits include the on-demand video network HealthiNation.com and a health benefits data site for Health Pages. He is the publisher of Poor Stuart's Almanac and recently helped launch the art news site artnet.com. A graduate of Yale College, he earned an MBA at UCLA's Anderson School.

Steve Squier – Chief Technology Officer

Steve SquierSteve has a BS in Communications from the University of Illinois and began his career in the stock options business on the CBOE floor in Chicago around 1976. A lifelong home computer programmer since early school days in Palo Alto, California, he also earned Computer Programming Certificates at the College of Du Page while starting his own business in web programming. Before coming to IPI in 2007, he developed and maintained baseballracks.com, among other sites.

Our Funding

As a private, 501 © (3) organization, IPI receives funding from foundations and tax-deductible donations from individuals. Our funders include:

IPI also serves as a consultant to other organizations interested in providing health information to the public, such as AARP, Consumers Union , CMS/L&M Research (work on health insurance exchanges), the Swedish Health Authority and The Leapfrog Group.

Our Board of Directors

Martin Schneider – Chairman of the Board

Marty is currently a Managing Partner at Fine Capital Partners in NYC. He previously was the Founder and President of Health Pages, a consumer website devoted to providing consumers with background, experience and quality information about health care providers. He serves as the Board Chair of the Peer Health Exchange and as a Trustee of the International Center for the Disabled, IDEO.org, Bedlam Theatre Company and Consumer Reports. He received a BA from Amherst College, a MBA from The University of Chicago and a MSc from The London School of Economics.

Joyce Dubow

Joyce Dubow retired from AARP as Senior Principal for health policy and strategy in AARP's Office of the Executive Vice-president for Policy and Strategy. She had responsibility for a policy portfolio related to AARP's health care initiatives in health care quality, HIT, Medicare Advantage, and consumer decision making. During her tenure at AARP, Dubow served on several multi-stakeholder groups seeking to improve the quality and delivery of health care services, including the board of the National Quality Forum, NCQA’s Committee on Performance Measurement, and the National Advisory Committee of RWJF’s Aligning Forces for Quality. She was recently appointed a public member of the ABIM’s Geriatric Medical Specialty Board and is a member of NCQA’s Geriatric Measures Panel. Ms. Dubow holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College of the University of the City of New York.

Cary Sennett

Cary Sennett is a physician who has long been an advocate for informed patient decision–making. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and is a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). He has served as Vice President, Personalized Health Insights at WellPoint and as President of IMPAQ International, a policy research firm in Columbia, MD. Dr. Sennett has held a number of leadership roles in healthcare, including senior positions at the Brookings Institution, NCQA, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American College of Cardiology and has served as Vice Chair of the AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement. He is a Board Certified internist (MD, Yale; residency at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital) and holds a PhD from MIT in health policy and management.

 

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