The better we know you, the better we can care for you
Most health questionnaires cover the basics including sex, age and medical history. But we know there’s so much more to you than that. That’s why we’re asking you to tell us more. Every detail of who you are matters to your health and we want to know all about it so we can provide the best care for YOU.
One way we’re personalizing care at Novant Health is by collecting sexual orientation and gender identity demographic information. Knowing how you — our patients — identify will allow us to provide better care for everyone, particularly those who identify as members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) community.
Healthcare research has shown that when providers know their patients’ sexual orientation, the patients receive better care. That’s because this information is so important to help providers know which health screenings to order and health assessment questions to ask, necessary steps to successfully diagnose and treat patients. Novant Health has a strong focus on health equity and ensuring that patients, families, communities, and team members receive high quality care and services when and where they need them.
In addition to Novant Health’s commitment to all patients, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Meaningful Use Program has included sexual orientation and gender identity data collection to its requirements for electronic health records.
Learning more about you and who you are will allow us to provide remarkable care every day. That’s why in addition to sexual orientation and gender identity information, we’ll be collecting additional information like language spoken, race/ethnicity, military status, religion and more. Not comfortable sharing? That’s okay, too.
Protecting your privacy is a priority. As with your other health information, any details shared will be kept confidential.