Mar 3 2017

Video Testimonials Prove Crucial to Better Patient Care

Video testimonials as part of digital advance care plans received high marks in a groundbreaking new study published in the March issue of the Journal of Patient Safety.

Renowned emergency room physician Dr. Ferdinando L. Mirarchi led the research, working with physicians at top-ranking hospitals including:

  • Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill.
  • Saint Vincent Health System, Allegheny Health Network, Erie, Pa.
  • St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, New York Medical College, Paterson, N.J.
  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Huntsville Campus and Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, Ala.
  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
  • UPMC Hamot, Erie, Pa

“Video is the most powerful medium for sharing stories and information. The study published in the Journal of Patient Safety affirms what MyDirectives users experience firsthand – that capturing one’s healthcare wishes and priorities on video and storing them in a digital advance care plan produces markedly better end-of-life care,” said Jeff Zucker, CEO of MyDirectives.

At MyDirectives, we’ve long encouraged everyone to include a video outlining their wishes in their advance care plan to ensure those wishes are honored if they're ever in a position where they can’t speak for themselves.

If you’re new to digital advance care planning, we invite you to watch our short video that explains it in simple terms.

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