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Jul 18 2016

NEW RESEARCH: DIGITAL TOOLS IMPROVE HEALTHCARE DELIVERY

The internet revolution has changed the way we bank, shop, make travel plans and express our opinions on politics, fashion and restaurants. Now, in a new study published in Baylor Proceedings, researchers found that the digital world can help solve a long-standing problem in healthcare: capturing and finding your voice in the event of a healthcare emergency, detailing who can speak for you and how you’d like to be treated if you can’t communicate for yourself.

This study verifies that digital emergency, critical and advance care planning tools, like MyDirectives, are extremely useful in today’s technologically advanced society and have the ability to improve the way one’s medical wishes are documented, shared, found and fulfilled.

Dr. Robert Fine, head of Clinical Ethics & Palliative Care at the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System in Dallas, who co-led the research with a team from the University of Texas, believes that the results of his new findings are a major step in the right direction for healthcare.  

“Many studies show the need for and benefits of advance directives, but most people still don’t have them,” said Fine. “If they do, they are often out-of-date. In our research, we studied the people who created, updated and shared their personal values and advance care plans on the MyDirectives website. This research showed that doctors can do our jobs better when we have access to these plans.”

Washington D.C. healthcare policy expert Judy Peres goes on to add that, “From a consumer behavioral standpoint, this study fixed misconceptions about what people are willing to do in advance and how well they can do it. Society is better off when all adults make a plan they can update as their lives evolve. With sharing features and video messaging, it is exciting to see this innovation help people live with confidence that their voices can be heard if they have a crisis.”

Health industry “Innovator of the Year” award winner Dr. Brian Yeaman adds his excitement by saying: “This is big! People need to have a voice in their care. I don’t feel good about my job when I don’t know my patient’s preferences, priorities and goals for their care. I want to know what matters to them and who they want to speak for them if they can’t talk to me. With all the money we’re spending on electronic health records, it’s time the voices of the people take center stage. I applaud this team for their research. Now it’s up to us leaders to make sure we do the right thing to make it happen.”

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. With an easy-to-use digital platform that fully embodies the findings of this new research, MyDirectives is the perfect way to make your medical wishes known and take control of your future in this digital world. In order to feel empowered about your life and confident with your healthcare plan, visit MyDirectives.com to learn more.

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Jun 17 2016

Momentum Building for Federal Legislation in Support of Digital Advance Care Planning

A standing-room only crowd on Capitol Hill saw something rare in Washington -- both Houses of Congress, members from both parties, think tanks from the left and the right, and a technology company came together to support bipartisan legislation. The Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection Act is supported by legislators from both parties in both the House and the Senate.

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Jan 22 2016

Sharing Your Healthcare Wishes in the New Year

MyDirectives has long encouraged families to discuss their healthcare wishes with one another as a way to start the new year off right – with and for your loved ones. This year, we are encouraged by the steady news coverage highlighting this important issue and honored to be included in some of these recent stories. We have compiled a few pieces we wanted to share with you and your family as you map out your healthcare wishes and needs for the coming year.

Sioux City Journal’s managing editor, Bruce Miller, published a wonderful column on the importance of using holiday time with loved ones to talk advance care planning.

Kim von Asten, a Milwaukee-based nurse, penned an op-ed, “The gift of peace of mind,”

in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She shares her own story of peace of mind even during a medical emergency. After suffering a broken bone, she was grateful she had already created a digital advance directive that her loved ones could easily access if necessary.

One MyDirectives user and Kansas-based blogger shared her personal experience of updating her own medical directive and encouraged her readers to do the same through our online tools.

And last, but not least, our CEO recently presented a TEDx talk on advance care planning in Cape May, New Jersey, where he highlighted the intersection of selfies, celebrities, and medical directives. He expanded on his talk in a Huffington Post piece, “The Selfie That Isn’t Selfish.”

An emergency can happen at any time – to any of us – and having an easily accessible and easily updatable digital directive can alleviate a lot of worry on the part of your loved ones. Now, with MyDirectives MOBILE™, you can access and update your directive from anywhere in the world through your smartphone – and even upload videos of yourself explaining your wishes.

 

As we discuss New Year’s resolutions with our family and friends, it is a great time to raise advance care planning. As we begin 2016, we wish the very best for you and your loved ones in the coming year!

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