The UC Davis Health System said today that it will become the first academic health system in the nation to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity as standard demographic elements within the electronic health records of its patients.
Beginning today, the health system is emailing a questionnaire that invites patients to share their sexual orientation and gender identity with their UC Davis physician.
Officials said about 76,000 patients who use the online communications system to access their medical information, schedule appointments and interact with physicians will receive the email.
For years, patient health records have included basic demographic information such as age, race and family history, but not sexual orientation and gender identity.
Officials said the move was prompted in part by a 2011 Institute of Medicine report that noted a meager amount of research data about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients.
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