Providing Care and Collecting Data for LGBTQ+ Community
LGBTQ+ populations have an increased risk of multiple adverse health outcomes. Capturing patient data on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in the EHR and respective Health IT systems can help organizations identify and address inequities by LGBTQ+ individuals. LGBTQ+ patients and their specific needs might not be identified without this information, potentially leading to health disparities and lack of essential services being delivered. However, many providers do not routinely discuss SOGI with patients, and many have not developed systems to collect structured SOGI data. As a result, organizations may not be familiar with developing a strategy to collect, store, use and exchange this information. Does your organization currently collect SOGI data, or does it plan to in the future? If so, what is your strategy? In this session, we will explore a strategy for understanding SOGI and a roadmap for the needed soft and technical skills for collecting SOGI and SOGI adjacent data.
VIDEO: Hear Gabriel Garcia-Lopez’s insights on this session.
- Differentiate SOGI data and corresponding data elements
- Assess readiness to collect, store, and use SOGI data
- Develop workflows that support the collection, storage and use of SOGI data
- Create a system-wide communication and training plan for staff on understanding, collecting, and using SOGI data