We live in a society where 8 out of 10 Canadians have never heard of Advanced Care Planning or creating Advanced Directives and 50% of us do not know our loved one’s advanced wishes. MedChart will begin to shift the tide on this important issue by providing resources for families and caregivers to engage in conversation about Advanced Directives through its partnership with BestEndings.
“The partnership with MedChart is an alignment of philosophies and mandates: facilitating patient engagement and empowerment,” said Kathy Kastner (pictured), CEO of BestEndings.com.
“We are very excited to add BestEnding educational content and Digital Advance Directives,” said James Bateman, CEO and Co-Founder of MedChart. “Adding this content and digital Advance Directive is in line with our strategy to empower patients as the
Created from the patient perspective to fill a major gap in end-of-life knowledge, BestEndings helps the elderly and chronically ill have a more peaceful, dignified end of life.
BestEndings helps people become more informed to make end-of-life decisions through online access to
“Advance Directives offer a unique opportunity for empowerment: to control medical care at end of life, even if a patient can’t actually be in control,” said Kastner. “However, studies show that most people get their knowledge of
BestEndings.com/MedChart partnership also overcomes the main barriers to honouring Advance Directives: often, substitute decisions-maker(s) are neither aware they’ve been ‘assigned’ the role nor have they seen the patient’s Advance Directive.
MedChart’s sharing capabilities solve this obstacle. The other barrier is accessibility: Advance Directives are rarely on-hand at
Equally important, with BestEndings.com Advance Directive integrated into the patient’s MedChart, end of life wishes are seen in the context of patient-specific health – even for healthcare professionals not familiar with the patient’s health history.”
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