March 01, 2015

Technology Can Aid Advance Care Planning

Charles P. Sabatino

Technology relentlessly changes the way we practice law and the way we live. One of the areas of change that should be of special interest to an aging society and the practice of law is that of advance care planning and use of advance directives. It affects us personally and professionally. In the last two decades, advance care planning has moved substantially away from a largely document-driven legal task to an ongoing communication process. The success of this process depends primarily on understanding an individual’s clinical circumstances, goals of care, values, and priorities, and communicating those variables to those involved in the person’s health care.

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