Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Collection in Electronic Health Records: A Workshop

Type: Stand Alone Workshop
Topics: Select Populations and Health Equity
Board: Board on the Health of Select Populations

Activity Description

This one-day IOM workshop (Friday, October 12, 2012) will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to present varying viewpoints on the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records. Specifically, speakers will address the following topics:

  • Clinical rationale behind collecting sexual orientation and/or gender identity data in electronic health records;
  • Existing practices among health care providers and facilities with regard to the collection of these data in electronic health records;
  • Development of standardized questions that can be used to collect these data;
  • Applicability of collecting and sharing these data across different providers and systems;
  • Policy considerations related to the Meaningful Use process being overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services;
  • Mechanisms for supporting providers and patients in the collection of these data; and
  • Development of appropriate privacy protections.

The 2011 IOM report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, made several recommendations related to data collection. Included among them was the recommendation that data on sexual orientation and gender identity be collected in electronic health records. This workshop is in follow up to that recommendation. To read the 2011 report, click here.

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