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Vynca and Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Partner To Implement Statewide Electronic End-of-Life Medical Orders Registry


a provider of advance care planning solutions, and the Louisiana Health
Care Quality Forum (Quality Forum) have established a collaboration to
help honor end-of-life wishes for residents in Louisiana. The Quality
Forum is a not-for-profit health care improvement organization that
manages the statewide health information exchange.

The Quality Forum's partnership with Vynca will allow health care
providers across multiple care delivery continuums in Louisiana to
electronically complete, store, and access patients' end-of-life wishes.
This collaboration will help enhance the state's current advance care
planning program, which includes the Louisiana Physician Orders for
Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) form. LaPOST forms are physician orders
outlining the medical treatment that patients with serious,
life-limiting illnesses wish to receive at the end of life.

"Since LaPOST was approved by the Louisiana legislature in 2010, the
Quality Forum has proudly supported this initiative and advance care
planning education as a way to empower health care consumers and
providers," said Cindy Munn, CEO of the Louisiana Health Care Quality
Forum. "With Vynca as our partner, we are confident that the development
of the statewide electronic registry will positively impact end-of-life
care communication and documentation for consumers and professionals

"The mission of LaPOST has always been to improve end-of-life care for
those with serious, advanced illnesses," said Susan Nelson, M.D., LaPOST
Coalition Chair. "Now, we will have a way to securely complete, submit,
query, and access LaPOST documents in real time so that patients'
medical preferences can be honored by their health professionals across
the health care continuum."

Munn said the deciding factors in the Quality Forum's decision to
partner with Vynca included the maturity of the product, its advanced
technology, and the company's experience working with other states to
implement statewide advance care planning registries.

According to Ryan Van Wert, CEO and co-founder of Vynca, advance care
planning documents have traditionally been paper-based, presenting
numerous challenges, as paper forms can be misplaced, misfiled, invalid,
or inaccurate.

"Paper documents are frequently unavailable when needed most to direct
care and honor patient care preferences," Van Wert said. "Our electronic
platform has built-in logic to ensure that forms are accurately
completed and readily available, supporting health care providers and
patients during those transitional moments when individuals may not be
able to communicate their wishes. Our collaboration with the Quality
Forum will improve the quality of care for patients with serious illness
in the state of Louisiana."

Dr. Nelson and Allen Abshire, Health IT Operations Director of the
Quality Forum, will be hosting a session titled "LaPOST Registry: How to
Improve Care for Those with Life-Limiting and Sudden Illness," and
demonstrating the Vynca platform at the 2018 Leadership Conference of
the HomeCare Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana-Mississippi
Hospice and Palliative Care Organization on July 25 in New Orleans.

About Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum is a private, not-for-profit
organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based initiatives to
improve the health and health care of Louisiana residents. Its focus
areas include quality measurement and analytics, practice
transformation/medical home development, health information technology
(IT), advance care planning/Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of
Treatment education, and community outreach/education. The Quality Forum
serves as the State-Designated Entity for health IT initiatives in
Louisiana, including management of the statewide health information
exchange. For more information, visit

About Vynca

Vynca, based in Palo Alto, Calif., provides comprehensive advance care
planning solutions that enable health care organizations to deliver
consistent, high-quality end-of-life care. The company helps patients
and health care providers have meaningful conversations about care
preferences, document wishes accurately, and provide real-time access to
this critical information throughout the care continuum. Vynca offers
expertise in building state registries, having partnered with the Oregon
POLST Registry. It also was selected as the technology vendor for the
California POLST Registry Pilot and the Delaware DMOST Registry. The
system is customized to the needs of health care organizations and state
agencies, and provides full EHR integration. For more information, visit
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