Oregon’s State Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program will hold a free two-hour “Welcome to Medicare” seminar designed to teach people who are nearing Medicare-eligibility about the program.

The seminar will focus on how people can sign up for Medicare if they do not receive a card in the mail, how they can enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan, what types of Medicare health insurance plans are available and what coverage gaps they might run into through the program. The program iwill be at 12:30 p.m. June 27 at the Riverhouse Conference Center, 3075 U.S. Highway 97 in Bend.

Call 503-947-7088 or visit http://j.mp/1MXRHfc to register this event.

OHSU launches ePOLST

Health care technology firm Vynca and the Oregon Health and Sciences University has unveiled a new electronic version of the Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment protocol program that will make it easier for people to record their wishes for end-of-life treatment.

Known as ePOLST, the new program provides health care providers with an electronic interface they can use to record patients’ end-of-life wishes in addition to the paper forms that have been a part of the POLST program since it was created in the 1990s. This interface includes a series of instructional videos that explain each medical treatment on the form and can be purchased through Vynca’s website at https://demo.vynca.org/.

Representatives from Vynca and OHSU also announced Monday they are working on modifying the Oregon POLST Registry so doctors can search through its record of more than 250,000 POLST forms to see whether a patient has one of these documents on file so they do not give him or her more medical treatments than it specifies. OHSU physicians said they are currently working on a pilot version of this search function and hope to have the full version ready by early next year.

Boomers surf Web in morning

A recent survey found baby boomers (born 1946 to 1964) surf the Internet between 9 a.m. and noon more than any other time of day while Generation X (born 1965 to 1976) and millennials (born 1977 to 1995) are more likely to use it between 8 p.m. and midnight.

The study conducted by content management company Fractl and the online software company BuzzStream found boomers search for entertainment, world news and politics. The age group most commonly use laptop computers to surf the Web.

The survey found millennials and Generation X are most likely to access the Internet using a smartphone. Millennials look for entertainment, technology and sports-related news. Generation X is more likely to seek out content that involves entertainment, healthy living and world news.

— Bulletin staff reports

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