Client name and pronouns update
In order to be more gender affirming and inclusive, we should be able to search a client by their updated name, while having a separate section for their legal name (for insurance purposes). There must be a way to code it so that an encounter is sent through with their legal name for billing but their updated name is how we look them up in the system. We should also include a client's pronouns in the chart by their name, age, and DOB to prevent misgendering clients. As health care professionals, acceptance, awareness, and understanding should start with us! Misgendering a client or calling them by the incorrect name can have detrimental repercussions.
I've included an example with changes in red. Gender identity should show up, when relevant, in the chart summary to make it more noticeable to prevent any potential harm.