Using EHRs to eliminate rather than create health disparities for LGBTQ people: Landmark decision by U.S. DHHS

Using EHRs to eliminate rather than create health disparities for LGBTQ people: Landmark decision by U.S. DHHS

The finality in the way the rule is written reminds me of the R v North West Lancashire Health Authority Decision in 1999: “Appeals dismissed. Permission to to appeal to House of Lords Refused.”

That decision quashed forever the UK’s National Health Service policy of not covering transition-related care for its transgender or gender non-conforming residents.

When I visited Charing Cross in London in 2013, all of the medical records had to be managed on paper because their EHR systems were incapable of managing gender identity successfully and within policy.

This decision is pretty big one too, for the U.S. Health System, and one that might ultimately help our colleagues in the NHS as well. Continue reading→

Doctors, EHRs, and the Patient relationship on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, Washington, DC USA

Doctors, EHRs, and the Patient relationship on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, Washington, DC USA

View The Kojo Nnamdi Show 34265 on Flickr.com It is the decade of the patient, when the local (Washington, DC) affiliate (@Wamu885) hosts a conversation about how electronic health records are affecting the relationship between patients and physicians (You, Your Doctor And A Computer: How Technology Impacts Personal Health Care | The Kojo Nnamdi Show). … Continue reading Doctors, EHRs, and the Patient relationship on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, Washington, DC USA

UC Davis Health asks LGBT patients to share info for tailored care

UC Davis Health asks LGBT patients to share info for tailored care – Business – The Sacramento Bee.

There’s a groundswell of concern in the medical community that lack of sexual orientation and gender identity information might be impacting care of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients.The UC Davis Health System responded to those concerns Thursday, saying it will become the first academic health system in the nation to incorporate that information as standard demographic elements within the electronic health records of its patients.

As I mentioned previously in this post (see: Now Reading: Electronic medical records and the transgender patient – to eliminate, not create, disparities | Ted Eytan, MD), there is work to be done to improve electronic health records’ abilities for vulnerable populations, including people who are trans. Nice to see UCDavis (@UCDavis) move ahead on this work.

For more information, you can access Ed Callihan, MD’s presentation to the Intitute of Medicine here.

Now Reading: Electronic medical records and the transgender patient – to eliminate, not create, disparities

Now Reading: Electronic medical records and the transgender patient - to eliminate, not create, disparities

WPATH recommends1—in concert with policy statements from the American Medical Association,2 the American Psychiatric Association,3 the American Psychological Association,4 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,5 and the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California, San Francisco6—that the healthcare needs of transgender people should be openly and properly addressed, at the … Continue reading Now Reading: Electronic medical records and the transgender patient – to eliminate, not create, disparities

Visit to a very paperless practice: Michael West, MD PhD – Washington Endocrine Clinic, Washington DC USA

Visit to a very paperless practice: Michael West, MD PhD - Washington Endocrine Clinic, Washington DC USA

I recently reconnected with Emily Peters (@PFPresscenter), who I asked “How is that Practice Fusion EHR doing?” (she’s the Senior Director of Communications). I seem to associate Practice Fusion with San Francisco, where the company is based, but I realize that electronic health records, especially web based ones, know no bounds, so I asked if … Continue reading Visit to a very paperless practice: Michael West, MD PhD – Washington Endocrine Clinic, Washington DC USA

Why Dont More Hospitals Use Electronic Health Records? – Businessweek

Why Dont More Hospitals Use Electronic Health Records? – Businessweek. When people in health care talk about the promise of digital medical records, they often point to Kaiser Permanente. The Epic system is integral to America’s largest nonprofit health maintenance organization. The Oakland-based operation’s doctors use it for everything from scheduling appointments to ordering lab … Continue reading Why Dont More Hospitals Use Electronic Health Records? – Businessweek

Video of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Electronic Health Records 2.0 | Expert Voices

Electronic Health Records 2.0 | Expert Voices Speaker Series. I was honored to be on this panel with Peter Basch, MD, L. Gordon Moore, MD, and Peter Levin (moderated by Susan Penfield – I am a fan!) where I happily pronounced that this will be the decade of the patient when it comes to EHRs … Continue reading Video of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Electronic Health Records 2.0 | Expert Voices