Vynca, a national leader in advance care planning solutions, today announced a relationship with Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN), a global health care technology company, to help individuals and their families, caregivers and clinicians navigate the complex advance care planning process to ensure future care preferences are honored. Working together, Vynca and Cerner will break down the digital barrier between legal documents and electronic health records (EHRs), making it easier for clinicians to see relevant patient wishes and honor end-of-life care decisions.
By integrating Vynca’s digital solution with the Cerner Millennium® EHR, clinicians will be able to view relevant patient information alongside the patient’s future care preferences all in one place instead of risking error or decreasing efficiency by going back and forth between different sources. Advance care documents will also be available in the patient portal, improving accessibility and usability. Making these documents easier to view, interact with and change, empowers clinicians and patients to have conversations about future care preferences and plan ahead.
“Recent events have really highlighted the importance of advance care planning,” said Ryan Van Wert, MD, CEO and co-founder, Vynca. “We are excited to work with Cerner on this important initiative that is quickly becoming a top priority for many health care organizations. By supporting providers to complete and access advance care planning documents directly within the EHR, health care organizations have the opportunity to realize an immediate impact in terms of providing higher quality care at end-of-life and the avoidance of unwanted health care interventions.”
According to The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 87 percent of paper forms are not available in an emergency, and JAMA Internal Medicine reports that 70 percent of forms do not reflect patient wishes. Vynca has now digitized a previously paper-based process to help care teams avoid medical errors, adverse events, unwanted health care utilization and poor patient, caregiver and clinician experience.
“Working with Vynca, Cerner aims to simplify the process of advance care planning for providers so that patients’ end-of-life preferences and needs are met every time,” said Adam Laskey, vice president, Long-Term and Post-Acute Care, Cerner. “By making this seamless connection between a patient’s wishes and the rest of their clinical data in one place, the patient and their clinician are empowered to have early conversations and make critical end-of-life decisions. We continue to look for ways to support our clients by arming clinicians with data that empowers them to deliver smarter and more insightful care.”