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Should Sexual Orientation Be Included In EHRs?
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jaysimmons
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8/26/2013 | 6:33:32 PM
re: Should Sexual Orientation Be Included In EHRs?
I tend to agree that if we start opening doors as to what information is required, then we may never stop, and patient privacy would become an even bigger concern than it is right now. I do however think that more information is better, especially in certain circumstances like the cervical cancer screening reminders above, its just a matter of being able to collect the information for me and not a matter of being forced to collect that information.

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ChrisMurphy
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8/23/2013 | 4:48:20 PM
re: Should Sexual Orientation Be Included In EHRs?
The "what data to collect" debate will go well beyond this. If the reason for collecting LGBT data is that we know some conditions disproportionately affect the community, it wouldn't take long to find other correltations. Should income be on the EHR?
Alex Kane Rudansky
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8/23/2013 | 3:14:21 PM
re: Should Sexual Orientation Be Included In EHRs?
There's that too, which the ONC says is why they decided not to include it in the current MU requirements. There is the issue of how to define and standardize the orientations and identities. Proponents say there is existing nomenclature, but it's always murky when it comes to SOGI, because of the large spectrum out there.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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8/23/2013 | 3:11:16 PM
re: Should Sexual Orientation Be Included In EHRs?
I can imagine a whole other debate over which labels to use - a whole taxonomy of orientations
Alex Kane Rudansky
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Alex Kane Rudansky,
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8/23/2013 | 3:05:20 PM
re: Should Sexual Orientation Be Included In EHRs?
The LGBT community has been a proponent of including the data, both to close certain identified gaps in LGBT healthcare and also to collect more data on LGBT health in general. There isn't a lot out there, statistically speaking, on LGBT health.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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8/23/2013 | 1:31:44 PM
re: Should Sexual Orientation Be Included In EHRs?
Based on the headline, I thought the article would say the data was being included and the LGBT community was complaining about the potential for discrimination. Definitely cuts both ways.


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