FEATURESBenefits of Implementing and Improving Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health RecordsBosse, Jordon D. MS; Leblanc, Raeann G. DNP, AGPCNP-BC, CHPN; Jackman, Kasey PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC; Bjarnadottir, Ragnhildur I. PhD, RNAuthor Information Author Affiliations: College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Mr Bosse and Dr Leblanc); School of Nursing, Columbia University, New York (Dr Jackman); College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville (Dr Bjarnadottir). This manuscript is a product of the LGBTQI Health and Health Disparities Research Interest Group of the Eastern Nursing Research Society. No funding was received for the completion of this article. The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Corresponding author: Jordon D. Bosse, MS, RN, College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, 651 North Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01003 ([email protected]). CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: June 2018 - Volume 36 - Issue 6 - p 267-274 doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000417 Buy Metrics Abstract Individuals in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities experience several disparities in physical and mental health (eg, cardiovascular disease and depression), as well as difficulty accessing care that is compassionate and relevant to their unique needs. Access to care is compromised in part due to inadequate information systems that fail to capture identity data. Beginning in January 2018, meaningful use criteria dictate that electronic health records have the capability to collect data related to sexual orientation and gender identity of patients. Nurse informaticists play a vital role in the process of developing new electronic health records that are sensitive to the needs and identities of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Improved collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data will advance the identification of health disparities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. More inclusive electronic health records will allow providers to monitor risk behavior, assess progress toward the reduction of disparities, and provide healthcare that is patient and family centered. Concrete suggestions for the modification of electronic health record systems are presented, as well as how nurse informaticists may be able to bridge gaps in provider knowledge and discomfort through interprofessional collaboration when implementing changes in electronic health records. Copyright © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.