PALO ALTO, Calif. and GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today Vynca, the national leader in advance care planning technology, and Spectrum Health, an integrated health system providing care to more than 415,000 patients, announced a partnership to assist clinicians and patients in digitally creating and sharing advance care planning documents across the Spectrum network.
In response to COVID-19, Spectrum quickly deployed Vynca’s web portal with digital advance care planning capabilities, allowing clinicians to clarify goals of care for the most vulnerable populations. This supports Spectrum’s advance care planning efforts via telehealth, as clinicians are able standardize goals of care discussions and capture accurate advance care planning documents remotely. These documents will then be available across all care settings throughout the health system.
“We have successfully worked with Vynca to develop a planning packet and virtual training to raise awareness for the need of proactive advance care planning,” said James Bonner, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Experience, Spectrum Health. “Proactive advance care planning is vital during the COVID-19 pandemic and going forward to allow individuals to express their treatment preferences and avoid what they may consider to be unacceptable outcomes.”
Spectrum will continue working with Vynca, implementing their EHR-integrated solution in the coming weeks, making care plans accessible in the EHR at the point-of-care. Spectrum will also implement patient engagement, enabling patients to create and share advance care plans with loved ones.
“I’m extremely impressed with Spectrum’s quick response and recognition of the importance of advance care planning during the current pandemic,” stated Ryan Van Wert, MD, CEO and co-founder of Vynca. “By engaging patients and their loved ones in these important conversations, Spectrum is giving their patient’s a voice in the care they receive, something that is important not just today, but always. We’ve built our solution to not only help healthcare organizations adapt to these emergency situations, but also build long-term, sustainable advance care planning programs.”
Vynca currently houses more than 1 million active advance care plans for individuals across all 50 states. Partnering with over 100 hospitals, as well as health plans, ACOs, medical groups and state registries across 14 states, these organizations are realizing an impact in terms of higher quality of care at the end-of-life and the avoidance of unwanted health care interventions.