Searching the Web for health care information can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. The purpose of this guide is to help Wisconsin residents make better health care choices by providing easy access to useful information. To meet this goal, we have identified links to Wisconsin-based organizations and databases wherever possible. Links are also provided to the most comprehensive national sites. Over time, we hope to continue to expand access to Wisconsin-specific data and organizations.
The Consumer Guide to Health Care was developed in response to a mandate in Chapter 153, Wisconsin Statutes, which required the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to produce a guide to assist consumers in choosing health care providers and plans. The Guide is produced by the Office of Health Informatics in the Division of Public Health in DHS. DHS provides ongoing oversight of the Guide.
The Department of Health Services contracted with the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis¹ (University of Wisconsin - Madison) to draft content and provide design services for the Guide. A variety of people and organizations contributed useful suggestions and comments about the content, organization and appearance of the Guide. These included:
Consumer focus groups
Experts in consumer health informatics
Board on Health Care Information members
The Wisconsin Interagency Coordinating Council, and
Department of Health Services staff
Please remember that information alone can't take the place ofhealth care or human services you may need. The Wisconsin Consumer Guide toHealth Care is an information and referral service only, and does not diagnosemedical conditions, offer medical advice, or endorse specific products orservices.
¹ Bridget Booske, Ph.D., Principal Investigator