2015: ePOLST Technology
As electronic medical records became the norm, many groups expressed interest in developing electronic versions of POLST. Providence Health and Services in Oregon worked with the POLST Task Force to create a pilot and was the first to develop an electronic POLST completion system. They used an EPIC Smart Form. Providence worked closely with the Oregon POLST Registry to create a secure electronic submission system.
In April of 2015, OHSU developed a partnership with the Vynca ePOLST system which provides an electronic completion system accessed within Epic with direct submission to the Oregon POLST Registry. To ensure that POLST orders can be accessed with a single click, the “ePOLST Yes/No” tab was included on the patient header (affirmed by the National POLST Paradigm Task Force as the standard). The system was designed to facilitate bidirectional communication with the Oregon POLST Registry.