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This article describes the current issues surrounding informed patient decision making and how the use of SDM might improve informed decision making. The authors suggest using health information technology to bolster the use and simplify the implementation of SDM, by using it to trigger the delivery of information and collect and store information. The authors also suggest the use of additional surveys to assess patients’ knowledge and goals. The article reviews public and private developments that could facilitate the development of tools and methods to improve patient-centered care. Finally, the authors review policy options for implementation of SDM.