Innovative Discoveries Series

Law, Technology, and End-of-Life Planning

Advance directives (AD) were created as legal documents to help ensure that patients’ wishes are respected at the end of life.  However, their actual impact on end-of-life care is less clear.  Most people do not complete them, and they are often unavailable when needed.  Recent technological innovations have sought to reinvent ADs.  Tech start-ups offer tools to create and store digital ADs, and commercial electronic health record systems are expanding their functionality to store end-of-life wishes.  I trace the history of ADs, discuss the limitations of the legal model, and describe current efforts to digitize end-of-life planning.  I will focus in part on efforts at the University of Pennsylvania to develop an EHR-integrated online platform for documenting end-of-life plans.

Presented By:

Joshua Rolnick, MD, JD

General Internist and VA Advanced Fellow, National Clinician Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania/Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Free!  Lunch will be served!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

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Friday, December 14, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital,Room 110
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This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

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