Collaboration provides clinicians throughout the Sutter Health network access to consistent, actionable and comprehensive advance care planning tools
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sutter Health, a leading not-for-profit healthcare network in Northern California, and Vynca, a provider of advance care planning solutions, have collaborated to improve end-of-life care communication between doctors and patients.
Vynca offers a comprehensive software solution to capture, store and access Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms—a tool used to ensure patients’ end-of-life wishes are met. Sutter Health uses Vynca’s software throughout its system, which includes hospitals, doctor’s offices and Advanced Illness Management (AIM) providers.
Elizabeth Mahler, M.D., Sutter Health’s vice president for Patient Health Management, said the system provides Sutter Health clinical teams across the care continuum a “single source of truth”—especially important during emergencies. Additionally, EHR integration eliminates redundant data entry, improving accuracy and saving time.
“We care for many patients across our network who face serious illnesses. It’s important that they feel supported in their decisions and have confidence that their wishes will be respected and met,” Dr. Mahler said.