JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Advanced Care Planning is one of the most controversial yet crucial issues in healthcare today. Orange Health Solutions and ADVault, Inc. believe that such planning should be as common as writing a will or agreeing to be an organ donor. It is not uncommon to have a document that clearly dictates how one would like their material possessions handled, but too often there are no directives set for important life or death health decisions. Even many pregnant women will write and provide a "birthing plan" to direct caregivers of their wishes even when they are unable to verbalize such instructions themselves.
In today's healthcare system, when emergency, critical, and end-of-life care is needed, it is most often not the patient who chooses how care is delivered. The result is questionable quality of care and large medical costs for family members. Primary Care Physicians who are charged with advocating for their patients name this as a mounting concern. Orange Health Solutions has developed a comprehensive program to help patients understand and document their advance care planning wishes before any adverse events occur.
In this mission, Orange Health Solutions has partnered with ADVault, Inc.'s MyDirectives® to deliver their self-service online capabilities along with Orange Health's Patient Advocates to first help patients understand what their choices are and then to formally document their decisions within the MyDirectives on-line portal as an Advance Directive. The Advance Directive will then be electronically stored and made available to patients' care teams and providers when it becomes appropriate to deliver those care wishes. MyDirectives, the leader in consumer-generated, digital advance medical directives, connects the voices and preferences of consumers to the delivery of care.
"Today's consumers demand and deserve a high level of involvement in their healthcare," said Nicole Bradberry, President of Orange Health. "MyDirectives gives us a capability in this space that is second to none. Our team selected MyDirectives based on its front-end/consumer ease of use, creative use of video and document uploading features, social engagement with the family, and the technology to scale as we continue our rapid growth. Our ACO physicians and the patients they serve deserve nothing less."
"Consumers from across the United States, and from countries around the world, have written to us about the empowerment they get from creating their directives and being able to update them at any time. We are honored to have been selected by Orange Health, and we look forward to seeing their patients and medical professionals benefit from the connectivity and 24/7 access we provide," said Scott Brown, President of ADVault, Inc.
Mayo Clinic released the following statement on their Consumer Health webpage, "Living wills and other advance directives aren't just for older adults. Unexpected end-of-life situations can happen at any age, so it's important for all adults to have advance directives."
"Advanced Care Planning is one of the most important issues of the day. We hope to propel this discussion in order to drastically improve the lives of our patients on behalf of the physicians we serve," said Bradberry.
About Orange Health Solutions: Orange Health Solutions is forging the new era of healthcare by focusing on pro-active care management and care coordination, supported by best-in-class patient engagement and evidence-based guidelines. Orange Health believes that healthcare is a journey that is personal yet socially connected, and a lifestyle not a reaction. Visit the Orange Health Solutions Website at www.orangehealth.net. Orange Health Solutions can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OrangeHealthSolutions and Twitter at https://twitter.com/OrangeCares.
About A|D Vault, Inc. & MyDirectives.com: MyDirectives is the first completely online advance directive that is secure, legal, easy to understand and free. MyDirectives.com was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for becoming one of the first small businesses to reach full Blue Button® compatibility, which allows individuals to easily, quickly and securely download their electronic healthcare records. MyDirectives is also the first advance care platform to receive "meaningful use" certification from HHS so that hospitals may be eligible for incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act when using this technology. MyDirectives' Universal Advance Digital Directive (uADD)™ is the first all-digital directive accepted worldwide. The easy-to-use uADD simplifies more than 200 legalistic forms used throughout the United States and offers users the chance to include audio and video messages designed to create a superior advance care plan.
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