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EHRs not always designed to share end-of-life directives easily

from By Scott E. Rupp

An end-of-life directive is one of the most sensitive, emotional decisions ever made by a patient. However, patient end-of-life preferences are not always pursued because providers and caregivers can't find the patient's instructions in the electronic health records. At the heart of this issue is that not all of the records — including the patient's end-of-life directive — are located in a single, specific place within the EHR. Thus, it is essentially lost because caregivers do not know how to access it. more

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