Gender, Sex and Sexual Orientation in EHRs

Action Plan

Funded through a Planning Grant funded through CIHR’s Institute on Gender and Health, our team held a series of consultation sessions on modernizing gender, sex and sexual orientation (GSSO) information practices in electronic health records (EHRs). Also supported by Canada Health Infoway’s working group on sex and gender, we met bimonthly to develop an action plan to develop more inclusive digital health systems for sexual and gender minorities.

A summary of our project has been published in JAMIA’s special issue on sex and gender and provides an overview of current Canadian initiatives in moving towards more inclusive GSSO digital health systems . Our team has since been successful on two grant applications through the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research that will help move the action plan forward. The first was a knowledge translation grant and the second involves with working Trans Care BC and the community to develop a list of priorities for the next steps.

We have also published three reviews:

An environmental scan of sex and gender in electronic health systems

A rapid review of peer-reviewed literature on GSSO information practice in digital health systems.

A rapid review of the grey literature on supporting culturally competent GSSO information practices.


We also have three Infographics which provide an overview of the action plan and the urgency in moving towards more inclusive digital health systems.