In case you missed this news on December 7, 2011, you may want to learn more about the new Virginia health care directive registry. It’s a free service. This article, Virginia Announces Free Online Health Care Registry, appeared on Richmond’s NBC News 12 site and explains more.
The Virginia Department of Health, working in a public-private partnership with Microsoft and UNIVAL (a health information technology company), now provide the registry as a communication tool to help people save and archive their end-of-life wishes and ensure that these wishes are honored by family members and/or caregivers. Personal preferences are saved in an easy-to-access web location so that loved ones can honor a person’s last wishes when necessary. Registered users will receive an identification care and pin number which can be given to family members.
Individuals can put the following information into the registry.
- The name of a personal representative or agent
- Living will document
- Online medical information for family members and physicians
- Organ donor information
Virginia is one of 12 states which this type of registry.
- Virginia Launches Healthcare Directive Registry – Washington Post
- Virginia Launches Online Registry To Store Data on Advance Directives – iHealthBeat
- Virginia Launches Registry for Advance Health Directives – Hampton Roads PilotOnline.com