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A critical step in the process of effectively implementing SO/GI data collection in clinical settings is the training of clinical staff on LGBT health disparities, and on how to use SO/GI data and manage it in ways that meet the clinical needs of LGBT patients while concurrently protecting confidentiality and privacy. We are currently creating a training curriculum, which we will post to this website soon.

You can also view a December 2014 archived webinar from the National LGBT Health Education Center on collecting SO/GI data in EHRs.

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Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Electronic Health Record: Why and How

  • Faculty: Harvey Makadon, MD, Director, the National LGBT Health Education Center and Chris Grasso, MPH, Associate Director for Informatics & Data Services, Fenway Health
  • First presented on December 15, 2014.
  • Archived

The Institute of Medicine has recommended routinely collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data from patients to help end lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender invisibility in health care as well to measure quality and progress in eliminating disparities. In addition, a growing number of federal agencies are using or testing SOGI questions in surveys; for example, HRSA is including gender identity questions in the upcoming 2014 Health Center Patient Survey.   In this webinar, Dr. Harvey Makadon of the National LGBT Health Education Center focuses on the rationale for collecting SOGI data, including health care inequalities faced by LGBT people, as well as the practical steps to implementing data collection within the electronic health record (EHR). Chris Grasso, MPH, the Associate Director for Informatics & Data Services at Fenway Health describes ways to collect SOGI information and incorporate it into the EHR.

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