Cloud-Based Medical Registries Make Patients’ Wishes Known

Oct. 10, 2018, 1:14 PM

Most people don’t go around with living wills and “Do Not Resuscitate” orders in their back pockets.

For that reason, when an emergency strikes and a patient is unable to speak for him or herself, family members or physicians have to make critical health-care decisions without full knowledge of the patient’s desires.

That situation can be avoided when health-care providers, emergency medical personnel, and family members have immediate electronic access to documents describing a patient’s treatment wishes, Nathan A. Kottkamp, a health-care attorney with McGuire Woods in Richmond, Va., told Bloomberg Law.

Electronic Registry

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