To receive credit, a facility must:
Upload a screenshot or sample form showing how this information is captured. The EHR system must offer explicit fields for collecting this data, and cannot be simply in the free form notes.
There are many kinds of family structures in our community today and hospital records should have ways to record these relationships. This is a practice that will help provide a welcoming environment for all patients.
This is important not only for same-sex parents, but for the realities of many families, where the traditional options of “mother” and “father” do not welcome a child raised by grandparents, a transgender parent, adoptive or foster parents, or other types of families. If you need information about the child’s legal guardian or birth parents, you can include separate questions for “birth parent” and “legal guardian,” with the option to duplicate answers from the parent/guardian section.
- Mercy Bakersfield - Downtown's electronic health records clearly allow for diverse household configurations.
- See a screenshot that shows how Charles River Community Health captures parent information in their EHR.