Diversity-friendly gender categories requested

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The system currently only allows "M" and "F" for gender. This does not work for patients who identify as transgender or otherwise outside the gender binary. Is it possible to have another category? "Other" is far from ideal but it would be much better than just "M" or "F." Since entering a gender category is required (and not optional) to create a new patient profile, it is disappointing that the categories are set up this way. I hope there are plans to fix this problem in the near future.

Thank you!
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Annie Tessar

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Richie W., Official Rep

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Hi everyone!

There is some pretty great discussion going on in this thread. As I feel this is a fantastic idea for a feature request, I've sent some information to other product team members to get their feedback as well.

If you have suggestions for what the full list of viable sex/gender options might be, feel free to add them as suggestions on this thread: Any and all suggestions will be reviewed if we decide to move forward with this feature request!
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Richie W., Official Rep

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Hi Everyone!

The hardest part of coming up with a solution for this issue is to find ways in which data can easily be searched, filtered and reported on (which would be difficult with a free-form text field) and balancing out the government requirements regarding Meaningful Use.

I've had a few discussions with fellow product team members regarding this and we're figuring out what the right approach would be. As we come up with a more solidified list of idea, we will likely float them out to the community forum for feedback.

Thank you all for helping to make Practice Fusion better for all of our patients!
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Richard Loomis, MD, Official Rep

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Thank you to all participants in this forum - we appreciate your input. Practice Fusion recognizes the importance of enabling our practitioners to fully capture the gender of a patient. As we make the transition to the new EHR, we plan to accommodate sex (biological at birth and reassignment), gender (identity as male, female, transgender, etc.) and sexual partners (women, men, both). Importantly, we need to capture biological sex to appropriately identify screening/risk for sex specific conditions (breast cancer, prostate cancer, etc). This work is scheduled to be completed later this year, likely in the fall timeframe.

As an interim workaround until we can make this functionality available, it may be helpful to document gender in the “Notes” pane on the righthand side of the “Basic” section of a patient’s chart in the Practice Fusion EHR.