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FREMONT, CA: Iris Healthcare, the leading provider of Advance Care Planning (ACP) solutions for health plans and at-risk providers, announces the launch of Empower, a self-guided online ACP application. The Iris Empower platform simplifies the ACP process with guiding prompts and supportive education. Auto-generated advance directives are shared with family members and health care providers with the click of a button. The Empower platform enables individuals who are healthy or early on in their patient journey to engage in healthcare decision-making, ensuring that they receive future care that aligns with their values and goals.
"Empower is an intuitive, user-friendly platform designed by doctors and ACP experts to produce high-quality, personalized plans. It allows individuals to think through, document, and communicate their personal care preferences and what matters most to them." said Steve Wardle, Co-Founder, and CEO of Iris. "This platform allows individuals to control their future care and reduce family conflicts over treatment options should a medical emergency arise."
With an increased regulatory focus on ACP, Empower allows health plans to meet their quality targets under value-based care programs, such as the CMS VBID program, where advance care planning is a requirement. As the Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) that manages Medicaid for Douglas County, Oregon, Umpqua Health Alliance is leveraging the Empower platform to offer ACP to the county's general population.
"Empower will benefit the entire community including other healthcare organizations in Oregon, not just Umpqua Health Alliance." said Dr. Douglas Carr, Chief Medical Officer at Umpqua Health. "This platform allows us to close a significant gap in our community by providing universal access to ACP. Our goal is to help our residents retain control of their health care even when unexpected medical emergencies arise."