MyDirectives: Make your medical wishes known!

Video Testimonials Prove Crucial to Better Patient Care

It looks like the world is finally waking up to the fact that "selfie-videos" are a seriously easy way to improve patient care. A new study published in the March issue of the Journal of Patient Safety has shown that a video accompanying a patient statement significantly increases the chances of the patient's wishes being adhered to. See:

Renowned emergency room physician Dr. Ferdinando L. Mirarchi led the research, working with physicians at top-ranking hospitals including:

Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, Pa.

INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

Saint Vincent Health System, Allegheny Health Network, Erie, Pa.

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, New York Medical College, Paterson, N.J.

Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.

State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Huntsville Campus and Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, Ala.

University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa.

University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.

UPMC Hamot, Erie, Pa

Video is the most powerful medium for sharing stories and information. The study published in the Journal of Patient Safety affirms what MyDirectives' users experience firsthand – that capturing one’s healthcare wishes and priorities on video and storing them in a digital advance care plan produces markedly better end-of-life care,