Health care providers are required by federal law to inquire of patients if they have an advanced directive for health care and if they do to include that document in the patient's medical record. Furthermore, the provider is required to provide information about advance directives to the patient and the community. Health care providers have had a difficult time managing advance directives at their institutions. Filing, storing, retrieving, updating and trying to determine if an old document is still valid, are among the problems confronting providers.
Advance Directives Registry (ADR) provides an easy, turn-key, solution to these problems. ADR will store these documents in our secure data center. The subscribing provider’s staff can easily access ADR through their information system without additional authentication. This access is available to all locations that are part of the provider’s system including doctor’s offices. Documents can be retrieved, 24/7, using the patient's registration number, name and date of birth, social security number or driver's license number. Patients are contacted annually and encouraged to update their documents with any changes. The most current document is available to the provider. However, all previous documents are maintained in an inactive data store and can be retrieved by ADR or registrant. The registrant record at ADR includes emergency contact information which is also kept current by the registrant. Additionally, ADR supports the provider’s community information compliance with materials explaining advance directives and their advantages to the registrant.
ADR will also provide each member provider with reports detailing their compliance with federal law, eliminating additional record keeping for them.
If your last wishes are not known to others and you want to store your Advanced Directive Documents within this registry select the Call to Action to begin the process of storing your documents.