Advance directives allow healthcare providers to put patients’ wishes first to improve end-of-life care. During the 2019 legislative session, Arizona Senate Bill 1352 was passed giving healthcare providers the ability to have real-time access to patients’ wishes – when they need it most. The bill improves provider access to advance directives by moving the healthcare directives registry from its current location within the Secretary of State’s office to Health Current, Arizona’s health information exchange. Heath Current is now in the process of designing the new registry system, slated for launch later this year.
The Arizona Healthcare Directives Registry (AzHDR) is designed to help honor patients’ end-of-life healthcare wishes by providing seamless access to advance directives across the continuum of care.
Available at no cost, the AzHDR will provide a reliable and safe place to complete, upload, store and make accessible Arizonans’ advance directive documents so end-of-life care will be guided by one’s wishes. Our secure and confidential service provides peace of mind to registrants and their families and offers easy access to healthcare providers. Registering healthcare advance directives with the Arizona Healthcare Directives Registry will ensure wishes documented are wishes honored.
Working together as a community, we can ensure that no matter where or when someone faces the moment they cannot communicate, their advance directives are registered, accessible and honored.
Contact Carla Sutter, MSW, Director, AzHDR, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many people have taken the time to complete their advance directives only to end up in a situation where their loved ones or healthcare providers needed to reference the documents, but they were not accessible. The Health Current AzHDR provides an easy solution by offering a secure document storage service that is convenient to access.
Privacy & Security
The online Arizona Healthcare Directives Registry database is held in a secure site, protected by the most up-to-date web security standards. All information submitted will be used only by authorized individuals and will be kept completely confidential.
Other Parties’ Access to Your Documents
From within the AzHDR, you can grant your loved ones, healthcare providers, attorneys – anyone you wish – access to view your documents.
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Advance care planning is a process of thinking and talking about what’s important to you, to help you and those closest to you prepare for your future healthcare decisions.
Advance care planning involves completing advance directives (documents like a living will) and appointing a health care power of attorney (someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself). Then, most importantly, sharing your decisions and care wishes with your loved ones.
An advance directive document is drafted according to the Arizona law that outlines your wishes regarding your healthcare and treatment. These documents are only valid when you are no longer capable of making or communicating your own decisions. There are several documents that are listed as advance directives according to A.R.S. §36-32 in the state of Arizona, including:
1. Living Will
2. Health Care Power of Attorney
3. Mental Health Care Power of Attorney
4. Pre-hospital Medical Care Directive – Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)
A myriad of resources for engaging in conversations and for documenting wishes are available.
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