Paperless POLST Forms Are the MOLST

By Cody Strate | Jul 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

In healthcare IT, the last thing we need are more acronyms. There are hundreds already—EHR, EMR and MU are just three of the 179 (that’s not a typo!) listed on the Healthcare IT Answers website. But a few you should get to know better are POLST (Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment), MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment), and if you’re feeling ambitious, the other 12 variations used by different states (for a full list, see polst.org/map). The POLST form traces its roots back to 1995, when a group of ethicists in Oregon created it to complement the advanced directive. Both are important advance-care planning documents but have differences everyone involved in patient care needs to appreciate. (To learn more, visit this webpage.)

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