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Health Current Selects Care Directives to Power the New Arizona Healthcare Directives Registry
Registry to Improve Access to Advance Directive Documents and Help Eliminate Barriers of Communicating End-of-life Care Wishes for Arizonans
PHOENIX, Ariz. (June 14, 2021) – Health Current, Arizona’s health information exchange (HIE), today announced the selection of Care Directives as its vendor of choice to develop the new Arizona Healthcare Directives Registry (AzHDR). The AzHDR is designed to help honor patients’ end-of-life healthcare wishes by providing seamless access to advance directives across the continuum of care.
During the 2019 legislative session, the Arizona Senate passed S.B. 1352, giving healthcare providers the ability to have real-time access to patients’ wishes when they need it most. The bill improved provider access to advance directives by moving the healthcare directives registry from its current location within the Secretary of State’s office to Health Current.
The AzHDR will provide a reliable and safe place to complete, upload, store and make accessible Arizonans’ advance directives so end-of-life care will be guided by one’s wishes. The secure and confidential registry provides peace of mind to registrants and their loved ones and offers easy access for healthcare providers, ensuring that wishes documented are wishes honored.
“We are eager and excited to work with Care Directives on this critically important service that promises to help eliminate the barriers of communicating what healthcare and treatment decisions should be made if you are unable to communicate these wishes,” said Melissa Kotrys, CEO of Health Current. “Their innovative technology solution, combined with the positive impact it will have on Arizonans’ lives, made Care Directives an ideal partner for this initiative,” she added.
Care Directives’ technology repository bridges the gap between collecting and connecting advance directive documents (like living wills, health care power of attorney forms and pre-hospital medical care directives, often known as Do Not Resuscitate orders or DNRs) to various professionals in real-time and at the point-of-care. Other benefits of the platform include:
- Seamless connections to healthcare providers
- Access to real-time data
- Queries for the most current documents at the point of registration
To plan and develop the new registry, Health Current called upon numerous end-of-life (EOL) industry leaders from across the state – and they delivered. To date, over 30 passionate EOL partners have donated their valuable time, energy and expertise to help make the AzHDR a game-changer in how Arizonans complete and share their advance directives.
“Our shared mission is to enhance the way we live by fundamentally changing the way we talk about death,” said Sarah Ascher, Vice President, End of Life Care Partnership, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona “The AzHDR and Health Current are key to our work in helping to break down silos to ensure people receive the care they desire at the end of life.”
To learn more and fill out an interest form, visit healthcurrent.org/azhdr.
About Health Current
Health Current is the health information exchange (HIE) that helps partners transform care by bringing together communities and information across Arizona. More complete information leads to better care and better outcomes. It makes healthcare transformation possible. Since 2007, Health Current has worked to become Arizona’s primary resource for information technology and exchange, integrating information with the delivery of care to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Health Current: a partner that gives providers the information they need to make better clinical decisions and keep people healthy. Learn more at healthcurrent.org.
About Care Directives
Care Directives bridges the gap between medical providers and care settings by eliminating barriers to communication for patients’ end-of-life wishes. Care Directives’ Advance Directive information Exchange (ADiE) is a cloud-based agnostic solution that integrates into existing workflows across all care settings. Based in Southern California, Care Directives is proven to streamline critical transitions of care, improve coordination across diverse teams, respect patient wishes, and reduce undesired care and suffering. For more information, visit caredirectives.org.
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Care Directives Opens Up Advance Directive and POLST Registry Access During COVID-19 Health Crisis
Health systems, medical groups and other providers receive free access to help ensure patients’ wishes are respected
MURRIETA, Calif., April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Care Directives, a provider of purpose-built solutions to share and receive advance care planning documents, announced today free access to its registry of advance directives, POLST and durable power of attorney for healthcare forms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any healthcare organization providing patient care (COVID-19 and Non-COVID-19) that needs access to patient advance care planning documents will receive complimentary on-demand access during this national healthcare crisis period. The company’s invitation extends to health systems, hospitals, medical groups, skilled nursing facilities, home care agencies and emergency medical service (EMS) providers.
As part of the offering, Care Directives will issue thousands of free Advance Directive information Exchange (ADiE) user accounts to qualified healthcare provider organizations. ADiE is a cloud-based repository for Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), Advance Directives (ADs), durable power of attorney (DPOAs) for healthcare, living wills, and related documents and forms.
“Now more than ever our team appreciates what a valuable tool ADiE is. Having quick and easy access to a patient’s POLST form helps ensure patients receive the care they want in every situation,” said Jhyl Mumford, RN, VP of Clinical Operations, Butterfly Hospice Care, located in Fountain Valley and Upland, California.
“Front-line healthcare teams face the immediate challenge of providing medical care to critically ill patients. They don’t have time to stop and request copies of advance directives or POLST forms,” said Susie Flores, CEO of Care Directives. “By opening up access to our repository, patients and families are assured their care requests are received and respected during this unprecedented time.”
Care Directives is partnered with Kno2 and Vouched to facilitate provider access to their ADiE application. The company’s cloud-based platform supports over 2.7 million advance directive and POLST form queries per year. Providers can sign up for their fee account here http://www.caredirectives.org/covid-19/.
About Care Directives
Care Directives bridges the gap between medical providers and care settings by eliminating barriers to communication for patients’ end-of-life wishes. Care Directives’ Advance Directive information Exchange (ADiE) is a cloud-based agnostic solution that integrates into existing workflows across all care settings. The POLST form, completed in skilled nursing or other post-acute care settings, is uploaded and available for access immediately by caregivers in real time. Based in Southern California, Care Directives is proven to streamline critical transitions of care, improve coordination across diverse teams, respect patient wishes, and reduce undesired care and suffering. For more information, go to www.caredirectives.org.
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Missouri Health Connection and Care Directives form partnership to streamline the sharing of advanced care planning documents.
Columbia, MO and Murrieta, CA—October 9, 2019 —Missouri Health Connection (MHC), the Midwest health information exchange (HIE), proudly announces today they have formed a connected community partnership with Care Directives; a provider of cloud-based solutions for exchanging advanced care planning (ACP) documents across the care continuum in real-time and at the point of care.
As part of the partnership, MHC will use the Care Directives Advanced Directive information Exchange (ADiE) to manage patients’ advanced care planning documents. ADiE offers a cloud-based repository for such documents, including Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), Advance Directives (ADs), durable power of attorney (DPOAs) for healthcare, living wills, and other ACP related documents. “The ADiE platform will provide a great added value to our participating members by enhancing our HIE services,” said Angie Bass, MHC President and Chief Executive Officer. “These services ensure that the patient’s end-of-life care wishes are up to date and easily shared across our connected community in real-time.” MHC’s network of 80+ hospitals, 350+ medical clinics, and 7,000+ physicians, in Missouri and neighboring states, can now share and receive ACP documents in real-time at the point of care. This helps MHC eliminate barriers to communicating patients’ ACP/AD care wishes, which, in turn, helps improve patient-centered, end-of-life care. Furthermore, knowing patients’ care wishes in advance helps reduce unwanted, unnecessary care and costs.
“At Care Directives, we feel that ACP documents are the most important documents in the patient’s chart. That’s why we wanted to make it easier for HIEs, like MHC, to quickly access and share these documents within its community of hospitals, clinics, and physicians,” said Susie Flores, Care Directives Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve found that most providers lack accessibility to ACP documents at any given time, so having them readily available from a single source helps mitigate risk and reduce unwanted costly care.” Care Directives’ ADiE platform currently supports over 2.7 million queries per year due to the ease of sending and receiving forms utilizing proprietary technology that adapts to existing workflows.
About Missouri Health Connection (MHC)
MHC is a statewide and regional HIE providing a secure and private electronic platform that enables health care clinicians to administer quality care to patients. MHC’s mission focuses on quality patient care, improving health outcomes, innovations to improve efficiencies and reducing costs. MHC provides health plans and over 7,000 clinicians at 75+ hospitals, hundreds of clinics, and more than a dozen community health centers throughout the Midwest with access to comprehensive patient health records on more than 23+ million patient records. From a solo physician practice to a large multi-hospital health system, MHC’s services are designed to support any health care organization and allows clinicians to quickly and securely access and receive real-time comprehensive patient health records. For more information, visit: https://missourihealthconnection.org
About Care Directives
Care Directives bridges the gap between medical providers and care settings by eliminating barriers of communicating end-of-life wishes. Care Directives’ Advance Directive Information Exchange (ADiE) is a cloud-based agnostic solution that integrates into existing workflows across all care settings. The POLST form, filled out at a skilled nursing facility or other post-acute care setting, can now be accessed immediately by emergency department or EMS teams in real-time. Based in Southern California Care Directives is proven to streamline critical transitions of care, improve coordination across diverse teams, and reduce medically unnecessary admissions. For more information, go to https://www.caredirectives.org.