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HIM Challenges: Quality Data Reduce Disparities for LGBT Patients

July, 2017

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patient population has specific identification and documentation needs that are not commonplace in today's mainstream health care workflows. There is a general lack of standards when capturing sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) throughout the patient experience. It starts at patient registration and cascades throughout the visit or encounter in associated clinical documentation. The impacts are seen in both the legal medical record documentation and the systems receiving data downstream—best-in-KLAS systems for specialty care, public health, registries, and more.

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