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My Health Care Wishes is receving accolades from professionals in a myriad of industries. Take a look at the clips and links below.

The Documents You Need, When You Need Them
New York Times Old Age Blog
By Paula Span
April 24, 2014

Few things drive an emergency room staff quite as nuts as a patient who has, yes, carefully considered her preferences, designated a health care decision-maker should she become incapacitated, and documented all that information in an advance directive — which is sitting in a locked safe deposit box or stashed in an bureau drawer at home.
But as we’ve discussed before, that’s hardly an uncommon scenario. In fact, the president of the American Bar Association, Jim Silkenat, told me that until recently, his own advance directive wasn’t easily accessible.
“It was in a file here in my office” in Midtown Manhattan, he said. “My kids knew about it, but they had no idea where it was. Nobody had really focused on it.” Fortunately, since his children live in Scotland and Arizona, Mr. Silkenat hadn’t encountered an emergency requiring them to show up at a hospital with the document.
But enough people do find themselves in that quandary that the association’s Commission on Law and Aging has developed a smartphone app, My Health Care Wishes, that allows you to store your own advance directive or family members’ on your iPhone or Android phone. When you need them, the app lets you present such documents — and other health information and contacts — via email or Bluetooth.

 

Bar Association Launches App To Help Keep Medical Documents Handy
Associations Now (American Society of Association Executives)
By Ernie Smith
April 29, 2014

The American Bar Association’s new mobile app puts a copy of a person’s advance directive, a legal document often needed in medical emergencies but not at hand in the moment, within arm’s reach.
It’s good to keep a copy of your advance directive around—you never know when you’ll need it.
But the legal document, designed to let doctors and loved ones know of your treatment wishes in a medical emergency, often isn’t easily accessible. In other words, a document that may mean the difference between life and death may be hard to get a hold of—and that could be a problem.
But now (wait for it …) there’s an app for that.

 

American Bar Association launches app for advanced care directives
MobiHealthNews
By Jonah Comstock
April 29, 2014

A new healthcare app this month was released by an unlikely source — the American Bar Association. ...
The app, called My Health Care Wishes, addresses a common problem with advanced directives like living wills: people create the documents and put them somewhere safe, but not necessarily accessible or known to a large number of people. With the app, older people can store their advanced directives as a secure PDF stored in their own smartphone — or, they can have their child, spouse or healthcare proxy store the information on their phone instead.

 

There IS an App for That Advance Directive!
ElderLawProfBlog
By Rebecca C. Morgan
April 18, 2014

According to the Q&A about the app, "[t]he idea behind the app is very simple – to ensure that vital information that affects critical health-care decisions is controlled by the individual and by loved ones accessible at the right time and the right place when most needed." 
Cool!

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