An Advanced (Healthcare) Directive informs your health care provider as to your wishes regarding your care if you are unable to communicate decisions in that regard, and names a person to communicate them for you and act on your behalf. In Maryland only about 1/3 of adults actually complete a healthcare directive while well over half want their end of life wishes honored.
In 2011, The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) was awarded $1.6 million by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to explore options to facilitate the availability of electronic Advance Directives. In 2012, the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) provided MHCC with additional startup funding to pilot the exchange of Electronic Advance Directives through the State-Designated Health Information Exchange (HIE), the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP). From 2015 through 2017, legislation was introduced to expand the use of cloud-based technology to help make Advance Directives more accessible statewide and in March of 2018, COMAR 10.25.19: State Recognition of an Electronic Advance Directives Service became effective.
ADVault (dba MyDirectives.com), a digital platform that lets people create, store, update and share the free MyDirectives digital advance care plan or upload any third-party digital or paper-based advance care plan or POLST documents, is the vendor that was selected by MHCC.
PK Law has joined MyDirectives.com to offer the digital uploading of their advance directives service to its clients. Once a client’s Advance Directive is uploaded to the MyDirectives’s site, MyDirectives will give providers access to anyone’s Advance Directive.
Interested in Uploading Your Advance Directive? Click HERE to upload for free.