On February 17, the Advanced Health Care Directive Registry goes live. This allows individuals to provide documentation to doctors and hospitals on who makes medical decisions should the individual be unable to make them.
Del. Dave Englin and Sen. George Barker introduced legislation to create the statewide Advance Health Care Directive Registry in 2008. With EVA’s strong support, this bill passed the General Assembly almost unanimously before being signed by the Governor. The bill mandated creation of a state database where all Virginians can upload their Advance Health Care Directives in order to make them accessible to hospital administrators if the patient is incapacitated or does not have the paper copies readily available.
According to EV, Virginia is the tenth state with this registry. By making documents readily available to healthcare providers via this statewide database, it will help avoid conflicts between loved ones.