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How health IT can advance health equity for transgender and nonbinary patients

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Leaders from athenahealth and epocrates discuss features in their EHR and decision-support app designed to make healthcare more welcoming. Allyson Livingstone, executive director of diversity and inclusion at athenahealth The Biden Administration recently issued an executive order advancing LGBTQ+ health equity.

Health IT experts contend that technology can advance health equity for the transgender patient population, as this group has traditionally been marginalized by the healthcare industry. In fact, evidence shows transgender people experience much higher rates of chronic health conditions compared with the general population – and discrimination and stigma impacts their physical and mental health.

To that end, athenahealth, a vendor of cloud-based enterprise software – including EHRs – for medical groups and health systems, and epocrates, an athenahealth company that serves essential clinical content to more than 1 million physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, are taking steps to empower clinicians and health systems to better serve transgender patients.

For example, athenahealth recently introduced a new capability to its EHR that allows providers to record and display important information in a patient’s chart, including pronouns, name used (plus legal name) and gender identity (plus gender assigned at birth). Further, epocrates recently introduced a […]

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