DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ahead of National Healthcare Decisions Day, an annual event taking place on April 16, ADVault announced today the details of its 2023 strategic partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). The goal of the alliance is to equip NHPCO members with access to simple-to-use resources that will allow them to better educate and support their patients with decision making concerning end-of-life care.
ADVault is the nation’s leader in digital advance care planning and its state-of-the art tools make it easy for everyone to understand options, explore wishes and make smart choices for future care. NHPCO is the nation’s largest and oldest membership association for providers who care for people affected by serious and life-limiting illness. Together with their advocacy partner, the Hospice Action Network (HAN), NHPCO serves as the leading voice advancing public policy to improve serious-illness and end-of-life care.
“One of the most important things our members can do for those in their care is offer them information and guidance regarding end-of-life decision making,” said Jennifer McClennon, manager of strategic partnerships for NHPCO. “In ADVault we have a trusted and highly respected cohort who will equip our members with the knowledge and road-tested experience they need to have these sensitive and personal discussions at the bedside in ways that provide peace of mind for patients and their families.”
As a Signature Strategic Partner, ADVault will conduct a webinar on April 13 which will provide NHPCO members with the continuing education and training they need to maximize National Healthcare Decisions Day -- held each April 16 to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. ADVault will also have an exhibit booth at NHPCO’s Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference, April 24-26, and will be a “live” exhibitor at NHPCO’s Annual Leadership Conference October 2-4 in Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition, ADVault and NHPCO will explore a full range of other opportunities to share information and expertise among their respective constituencies concerning best practices in advance care planning.
“NHPCO gives ongoing inspiration and practical guidance to hospice and palliative care providers who in turn deliver to those in their care comfort and dignity during life’s most intimate and vulnerable times,” said ADVault CEO Scott Brown. “So too, ADVault is committed to respecting a person’s dignity and desires and making sure that each person’s voice is heard. Our strategic partnership is a natural combination of two organizations with a similar mission and belief coming together to make the healthcare system work better for everyone by reducing stress as well as the number of unwanted and unnecessary hospitalizations, procedures and ICU length of stay.”
Brown says while hospice and palliative care professionals are increasingly having these discussions and may even be committing an individual’s feelings to paper, in too many instances these documents are nowhere to be found or are difficult to access in critical time of need. To address this shortcoming, an increasing number of caregivers have turned to MyDirectives for Clinicians, the industry-leading digital tools to document their discussions and make these declarations easily retrievable across the healthcare continuum 24/7/365. “Leveraging technology to record and store these documents helps ensure that the patient’s voice in clinical decision-making will be heard when they are unable to speak for themselves.”
The MyDirectives Solutions technology portfolio contains tools that empower all adults to record their wishes concerning such issues as location of care, life-sustaining treatments, CPR, medical treatment goals and organ donation, as well as to name one or more healthcare agents or proxies. Its MyDirectives for Clinicians™ solution uses an intuitive Q&A format to guide discussions and help care providers, including those in hospice and palliative care, create or upload ACP documents and portable medical orders. By doings so, better decisions can be made.
Through this new collaboration, Brown anticipates that ADVault will be able to uncover even more ways it can support hospice and palliative care innovators in addressing the growing needs of America’s aging population with serious or terminal illnesses.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the nation’s largest and oldest membership association for providers who care for people affected by serious and life-limiting illness. Our members deliver and expand access to high-quality, person-centered interdisciplinary care to millions of Americans. NHPCO provides education and resources to support that mission. Together with our advocacy partner, the Hospice Action Network (HAN), we serve as the leading voice advancing public policy to improve serious-illness and end-of-life care, while our CaringInfo program provides free resources to educate and empower patients and caregivers. nhpco.org
ADVault, Inc. built upon its award-winning, free MyDirectives® consumer application to develop the world’s first and only interoperable, SaaS solution suite of advance care planning (ACP) tools and highly secure cloud-based storage accessible anytime, anywhere across the healthcare ecosystem for payers and providers to run a best-in-class ACP program. Automatic end-to-end ACP tracking provides robust time and activity reporting for program reimbursement, compliance, and performance metrics. Visit www.advaultinc.com.