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J Med Syst. 2015 Nov;39(11):178. doi: 10.1007/s10916-015-0355-7. Epub 2015 Sep 28.

The Opportunity for Medical Systems to Reduce Health Disparities Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Patients.

Donald C1,2, Ehrenfeld JM3,4,5,6,7.

Author information

1
Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health, Nashville, TN, USA. donald.cameron.a@gmail.com.
2
Vanderbilt University Program for LGBTI Health, 1211 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN, 37212, USA. donald.cameron.a@gmail.com.
3
Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health, Nashville, TN, USA.
4
Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology, Nashville, TN, USA.
5
Vanderbilt Department of Biomedical Informatics, Nashville, TN, USA.
6
Vanderbilt Department of Surgery, Nashville, TN, USA.
7
Vanderbilt Department of Health Policy, Nashville, TN, USA.

Abstract

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people experience a variety of health care disparities, including higher rates of certain chronic illnesses, substance abuse, and HIV. The growing adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) presents an important opportunity to optimize care for LGBTI individuals by routinely capturing in structured form patient sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI), as well as a patient's preferred name and pronoun. In addition to improving care provided to LGBTI patients, collection of structured SO/GI information will facilitate important public health data collection efforts that can be used to further reduce health care disparities in this underserved population.

KEYWORDS:

EHR; Electronic health record; Health Care Systems; Medical Informatics; Public Health

PMID:
26411930
DOI:
10.1007/s10916-015-0355-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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