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NJ Health Commissioner Joins NJ Hospital Association to Unveil New Jersey’s Electronic POLST Form

New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett and New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) President and CEO Betsy Ryan will unveil New Jersey's new emPOLST form March 31 at Villa Marie Claire Hospice in Saddle River.

POLST – Practitioner Orders for Life–Sustaining Treatment – form, which empowers individuals to make decisions regarding their medical care at the end of life, was released in 2013. The emPOLST makes this form electronic and accessible via a secure website and mobile devices.

The POLST and emPOLST are designed to be completed jointly by an individual and a physician or advance practice nurse, detailing the individual's goals of care and medical preferences. The POLST form is intended for patients with a life–limiting illness; it allows them to state detailed preferences on specific goals and medical interventions.

Joseph Carr, NJHA Chief Information Officer, will demonstrate how the emPOLST can be accessed electronically and how it can help inform care.

WHAT: Introduction of New Jersey's EmPOLST Form

WHO: Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett

NJHA President and CEO Betsy Ryan

NJHA Chief Information Officer Joseph Carr

Holy Name Medical Center President and CEO Michael Maron

WHERE: Villa Marie Claire Hospice, 12 W Saddle River Rd, Saddle River, NJ 07458

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Tour of Villa Marie Claire

11 a.m. emPOLST Press Briefing and Demonstration

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