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Start the New Year with Peace of Mind

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During the holiday season, many of us reflect on the year that’s past and look ahead at what we want in the new one. Often, this includes health and fitness goals – the healthier food we plan to cook, the new exercise routine we intend to start, or a new self-care practice such as an art class or meditation –  we’d like to accomplish in the coming year. However, all too often we stop there, without digging deeper to plan for the future of our health. We may make sure that we have our newest insurance card in our wallet, but otherwise, our healthcare planning ends with those resolutions we made.

This year, we’re encouraging everyone to also make sure they have an emergency, critical advance care plan – one that is digital, easily accessible and provides all the tools you need to communicate your healthcare wishes, should you ever be in a situation in which you cannot speak for yourself.

Our MyDirectives MOBILE™ App allows you to digitize your voice, thoughts, and most importantly your healthcare wishes in a way that is easily accessible anywhere in the world. If you’re an iPhone user, you can populate your plan in the Medical ID app on your phone — which gives doctors access to vital information, even from your lock screen.

So, while you’re preparing for 2017, don’t stop with new fitness or food goals, consider taking another step for your health – create an advance care plan and discuss it with your loved ones as you visit them over the holidays.

We’re wishing everyone the best in the new year, and hope 2017 brings you all happiness and good health.


 

CAN THIS HAPPEN TO YOU?

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Charlotte, North Carolina resident John Crowell got a big surprise during a recent hospital stay.  When he was sleeping, a nurse tried slipping on a “do no resuscitate” bracelet upon his wrist. This life-ending order was made without his consent and left him rightfully feeling “angry, terrified, and afraid.” Seems the hospital got a big surprise too.

There are many experts working to solve big challenges in healthcare – from training enough doctors to finding a cure for cancer – finding a solution to this problem is NOT hard.

In fact, MyDirectives believes this problem can be cured very quickly with two steps: people create a digital emergency, critical and advance care plan and hospital information systems safely and securely link to those plans. That way every person can have confidence their voice can be heard. And since the best plans these days are digital, you can even attach video messages to your plan so your voice can truly be heard – literally!

The first step is easy – just go to MyDirectives.com or MyDirectives MOBILE if you’re an Apple user.  For the second step, tell your doctors and nurses you want them to connect. The next time you ask your health insurance plan a question or try to pre-clear coverage, ask them to make a note you have a digital plan. It’s never their business what your plan says. But when they know it exists, they can alert hospitals about your plan in the event that you have a health emergency and can’t tell your doctors yourself.

That would have made a big difference for Mr. Crowell.  We hope it will for you too!