Vital Decisions and ADVault Partner to Change Quality of Care, at Scale, with Advance Care Planning Documentation

Partnership Between Best-in-Class ACP Organizations Supports Person-Centered Care by Enabling Doctors and Nurses to Quickly Understand Patient Care Wishes

Edison, New Jersey and Dallas, Texas – December 1, 2020 – Vital Decisions and ADVault today announce a market-facing partnership that combines ADVault’s superior integration with electronic medical records with Vital Decision’s best-in-class programs for helping people create personalized advance care plans. Together, Vital Decisions and ADVault provide the most effective and far-reaching tools and resources that support individuals by enabling clinicians to provide care that matches an individual’s preferences.

The partnership allows Vital Decisions to securely store advance care planning documents generated through its Living Well™ and Guided Living Voice™ programs in the ADVault ExchangeTM global registry and repository.  Through ADVault’s standards-based transport tools, these documents are accessible in real-time to providers regardless of their medical record platform.

“Our values-based intervention programs help people overcome social stigma and other behavioral barriers to create and share deeply personalized plans for their care, ” said Tracy Korman, Vital Decisions’ Senior Vice President, Product & Analytics.  “Now, our partnership with ADVault makes those plans readily available for doctors and nurses to inform how they deliver care.”

It is critical that everyone — but especially individuals in late-life or advanced-stage illness — have a plan that includes their overall care preferences and names a proxy to act on their behalf in a document that providers can access.

“We are honored to add the Vital Decisions portfolio of advance care plans to our international database,” said Maria D. Moen, ADVault’s Director of Platform Innovation.  “Research shows that the existence of a quality document that expresses a person’s values and priorities has the power to reduce chaos and confusion, and improve care coordination, morale and satisfaction among doctors, nurses, patients and families.  For any advance care plan to have a chance of informing treatment, it needs to be available and accessible in the time of need.”

“The integrity and values of the Vital Decisions team are aligned with our vision,” said ADVault’s CEO Jeff Zucker.  “We started our company in 2007 with a simple goal that everyone should live with confidence they can have a voice in their care. We are committed to the secure storage and standards-based accessibility of each individual’s healthcare wishes in the medical record to help inform goal-concordant care whether self-created or with assistance from a doctor, lawyer, community organization and now a Vital Decisions specialist.

“Solving our healthcare system’s epidemic of care misalignment requires multiple innovative solutions working together behind the scenes,” says Vital Decisions’ CEO, Leah Puccio. “This partnership will ensure that tens of thousands of care plans created every year by our specialists find their way into the hands of all stakeholders responsible for ensuring those facing a medical crisis receive wanted and warranted high-quality care. Like us, the ADVault team has been tackling this issue for years and it’s a privilege to combine capabilities so we can continue improving health outcomes for our clients.”