An electronic advance care plan (ACP) has been trialed and reviewed by clinicians across the South Island. The draft document is being tested in a mock environment to see how it performs and the feedback provided will be used for improvement and refinement.
The five South Island DHBs have been working together on a single South Island-wide electronic ACP based on the new national printed form. This means there will be one format for all ACPs available electronically anywhere in the South Island – one person, one plan, across five DHBs.
Advance care planning allows people to share what is important to them at the end of life, which means healthcare professionals, carers, family and whānau can make decisions based on the person’s wishes. Having a single, consistent, easy-to-use electronic form will provide peace of mind for all South Island residents. If someone falls sick outside their hometown, their ACP would be available and recognisable to everyone involved in their care. No matter where they are in the South Island, their wishes will be respected.
A video conference was also held earlier this month to show the South Island progress with the electronic ACP to North Island DHBs. The presentation was attended by 10 sites and feedback showed positive interest.For more information about advance care planning, visit www.advancecareplanning.org.nz