Florida’s UF Health Wants Every Patient to Have an Advance Directive - Emmi

May 13, 2015

Florida’s UF Health Wants Every Patient to Have an Advance Directive

MedCityNews — An audit of electronic health records of deceased patients at a Florida hospital found that nearly one-half had filed advance directives—representing huge progress from past years.

A recent audit of the electronic health records of deceased patients at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., found that 47 percent had filed advance directives with UF Health. That represents huge progress from 2013, when the number was more like 6-8 percent, according to Anthony Clarizio, executive director of UF Health Shands HomeCare and ElderCare of Alachua County.

Two years ago, the chief medical officer and chief quality officer at UF Health asked Clarizio to take a look at improving the number of patients with advance directives on file. Read full article

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