About Alosa Health

Alosa Health is a national leader in developing and implementing programs of academic detailing to improve prescribing. At our core, we believe that medical decisions should be based on unbiased, evidence-based information. Our mission is to improve patient outcomes by identifying and disseminating the best evidence available, to support health care professionals in providing optimal care for their patients.

Alosa’s founder and chief clinical consultant, Dr. Jerry Avorn, pioneered the concept of academic detailing as a way to optimize the prescribing practices of primary care physicians. Over the past decade, we have refined this innovative information delivery method and partnered with state governments, federal agencies, and private organizations to create academic detailing programs and training events. Our programs have expanded to not only focus on prescription drugs, but also non-drug therapies and diagnostics.

The largest program of Alosa Health is the Independent Drug Information Service (IDIS), the leading state-supported academic detailing program in the country. Our team of medical school physicians has developed a comprehensive portfolio of clinical education materials with the purpose of providing unbiased information and expert guidance on managing common health problems. The educational module topics are all relevant to primary care, such as type 2 diabetes, chronic pain, and congestive heart failure. Each educational module is written for health care professionals and includes a comprehensive literature review, prescriber educational materials, and patient education aids which are updated regularly. This program is supported by the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Vermont Health Care Association and the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living.

With the implementation of health care reform and the move towards more managed care, Alosa Health is uniquely qualified to assist health care organizations, agencies, and networks in meeting new requirements for cost-effective care and improved clinical outcomes. Studies show that academic detailing, when done correctly, can reduce overall health care costs by decreasing inappropriate prescribing and empowering physicians to make evidence-based medical decisions.

Alosa Health is named after the genus of fish that swims upstream, such as salmon and herring. Alosa is a nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical company. Our clinical information is unbiased, and is developed by research physicians and clinicians who have no personal financial relationships with any drug or device maker.

For general inquiries, please email info@alosahealth.org.

Alosa Health
419 Boylston Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Phone: (617) 948-5997
Fax: (857) 350-9155