Common EHR Data Standards Hinder Health Equity for Deaf Patients

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

Electronic Health Records are electronic versions of a patient’s medical history. However, these records (EHR) often misclassify ASL, resulting in complications in health equity for deaf patients. This misclassification results in a limited ability to help patients who communicate in ASL. This has a possibility to have a massive impact on care delivery and health equity research. It also slows communication by reducing access to interpreters. Healthcare organizations are obligated to improve on these matters in order to increase the assistance they can grant to the deaf community.

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