Technology Speeds Access to Patients’ End-of-Life Wishes

October 10, 2017

(CNN) -POLST forms, formally known as Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, have become a staple in care for the fragile or seriously ill. They document in detail what kind of medical treatments patients want — or don’t want — at the end of life. Nearly every state in the U.S. has a program; dozens are established or developing. But in Oregon, where the documents were developed in the early 1990s, organizers have taken a step to ensure that final medical wishes are honored. Officials at OHSU have partnered with a California technology firm, Vynca, to allow health care providers to electronically find any of the 172,000 active forms in Oregon’s POLST registry with a single click, no matter where they were filed.

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