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RESPECTING CHOICES IN ADVANCE CARE PLANNING: HERE’S HOW TWO INDUSTRY LEADERS ARE WORKING TOGETHER

By 05/01/2019 October 21st, 2019 No Comments

The South Carolina Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill (CSI) has announced that they are teaming up with the leading provider of end-of-life document solutions to aid with respecting choices for advance care planning.

CSI have begun a collaboration with Palo Alto, Calif.-based Vynca to implement the company’s advance care planning technology all across South Carolina.  This solution in the form of an electronic registry will allow health care providers to access critical information at the point of care; thus, helping to ensure that end-of-life health care choices are known and honored.

Through the generous support of the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, CSI is providing financial support for the state’s advance care planning initiative, My Life My Choices, to assist Community Outreach Partners in hosting activities to improve advance care planning and to promote the use of documentation.

“Our partnership with Vynca is an important step in ensuring that patient wishes are honored throughout the health care system,” said CSI Chariman Dr. John Ropp, III, MD, FAAFP.

CSI sees the implementation of the electronic registry as a critical step to document, store and access this information regardless of the health care setting.  This is not only an important milestone for My Life My Choices, but it also positions South Carolina to fully implement a statewide registry in the future.

Advance care planning documents allow people to put in writing their future healthcare preferences should they be unable to speak for themselves. However, the lack of infrastructure to support and sustain an electronic registry can make it difficult for providers to find and access patients’ documents, especially during emergencies.

Vynca’s robust platform ensures that advance care documents, including Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) forms, truly reflect patient preferences and are quickly available electronically to health care providers where and when needed.

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