Ochsner Partners with California Company to Clarify End-of-Life Wishes

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BATON ROUGE – Vynca, a California-based provider of advance care planning technology, and the not-for-profit Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum announced a partnership with Ochsner Health System to assist patients and their families with managing documents related to care decisions when faced with serious, life-limiting illness.

“Advance care planning” is an industry term that describes the process of making decisions about your future care with your health and social care providers. Patients make their wishes known in advance in case they aren’t able to make decisions in the future.

“Advance care plans are designed to give the patient a voice in situations where they are unable to speak for themselves,” said Susan Nelson, system chair of palliative medicine at Ochsner. “We recognize that digital access to advance care planning documents and … forms will ensure that our patients, as well as their families and care teams, have the information available when they need it. The partnership with Vynca and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum allows us to create momentum so that one day digital access for vital advance care planning documents will be the norm.”

The partnership will enable healthcare providers across all care settings in Louisiana to electronically complete and access patients’ Registry for the Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment documents and advance directives. This collaboration hopes to enhance the state’s current advance care planning programs, which includes LaPOST documents – physician orders outlining the types of medical treatment that patients with serious, life-limiting illness wish to receive as they approach the end of their life.

Since these forms are not currently easily or quickly accessible to medical staff, patients at end-of-life are at risk of receiving undesired health interventions. Vynca’s solution ensures advance care planning documents reflect patients’ most up-to-date preferences and are digitally available to healthcare providers across all care settings including primary care, hospice, nursing homes, and specialty clinics.

 

 

 

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