Virginia Launches Advance Health Care Directive Registry to Store Medical Wishes

Virginia has launched the statewide Advance Health Care Directive Registry to store documents of people's healthcare wishes in the event they cannot speak for themselves, according to a Virginia Department of Health news release.

AHCDR, created by a partnership between Virginia Department of Health, UNIVAL and Microsoft, is open to all legal Virginia residents and will include information such as medical power of attorney, do-not-resuscitate orders and organ donation wishes. Residents can provide their healthcare providers, family and friends with their personal registry information to allow them to access the information if necessary.

The registry will be interoperable with the statewide health information exchange, which will include patients' electronic medical records.

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