Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Va. Moves to Improve Advance Directive Access

From American Medical News:

Virginia has become the latest state to launch an online registry for advance directives that eventually will be connected to a statewide health information exchange.

By connecting the advance directive to an information exchange, a physician could access it without having to contact family or caregivers, or find out a patient's login and password to current online registry programs. That connection would allow a physician to follow through on the patient's wishes without any obligation to contact anyone.

When physicians will have that access depends on when each state has its information exchange up and running.

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