Monday, January 9, 2012

Online Advance Directives

Virginia has recently decided to create an advance directives registry which, when it goes live sometime this spring, will permit patients to upload their own living wills. The plan is eventually to integrate the advance directives information into the state's health information exchange, so that physicians will be able to access their patients' documents without needing to know their login information. The hope is that physicians will then be able to act on their patients' previously-expressed wishes without having to locate and contact surrogate decision makers.

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