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Policymakers Agree: The Path to Quality Health Care Involves Better Advance Care Planning

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Improving the quality of health care for people of all ages is a challenge facing the entire country.

A new report from a leading public policy think tank, the Third Way, focuses on the importance of advance care planning in improving health care outcomes for everyone. A Better End of Life report explains that “without an AD [advance directive,] an individual is more likely to receive unwanted, aggressive care, and physicians and family members are less likely to follow that person’s goals and preferences for medical treatment,” ultimately explaining that greater planning ensures that people receive the medical treatments they want.

Third Way cites MyDirectives as an example of innovative efforts that have increased awareness for advance directives while making them more accessible.

“Digital ADs like MyDirectives have made it easier for people to create, store, update, and instantly share high quality care plans,” notes the report, highlighting the increasing importance of electronic health records platforms in a digital age.

The report challenges the health care industry to make advance care planning more accessible for people of all ages citing the statistics that more than 60% of people 18 and older have not yet completed an advance directive. Among Third Way’s recommendations are to incentivize the use of digital planning with MyDirectives:

“Ideally, all electronic health record platforms would be required to have the ability to proactively query a registry, an HIE, or a service like MyDirectives in order to locate a person’s care plan and AD—and to be able to embed a link to the person’s AD in the electronic medical record. In fact, MyDirectives is the first advance directive platform to receive meaningful use certification from HHS.

We couldn’t agree more.

Hello October, Goodbye Paper!

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October is “Organize Your Medical Information Month” – one of our favorite times of year, at MyDirectives!

Fall has officially begun, and winter is around the corner. With flu season, health insurance open enrollment periods for many, and the new year just ahead, now is an excellent time to organize your medical information.

The best way to organize your medical information is to transition from antiquated paper documents to easily accessible digital versions.

Paper healthcare documents are a thing of the past! They create clutter, are difficult to find when you need them most, and are not easy to update as your circumstances change. This is especially true for advance medical directives. If you haven’t yet created an advance directive, what are you waiting for? It’s free at MyDirectives.com.

With MyDirectives, you can log in from anywhere in the world, any time, to easily update your medical information; you can even do it on the go from your iPhone! Our online tools allow you to outline for yourself, your loved ones and your current or future medical team exactly what your healthcare wishes are. You can even include video messages so family can clearly see and hear your voice and your thoughts.

Say goodbye to paper documents this October, stay healthy this season and live well.

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