Healthcare Roundup—Hospital removes gender from patient wristbands; NIH adds sites to Undiagnosed Diseases Network

Children’s Hospital Colorado has removed gender designation from its public-facing patient wristbands, but it will still be included in patient records, officials said. (Getty/pkanchana)

Children’s Hospital Colorado takes gender off patients’ wristbands

Children’s Hospital Colorado has removed gender designation from its patient wristbands, an idea that sprung from its gender diversity task force.

That information, both gender identity and biological sex, will be included in patient records, but the task force felt that including it on a publicly displayed wristband was not necessary.

“We are seeing more and more patients who have diverse gender identities,” said Natalie Nokoff, M.D., an endocrinologist who specializes in treating transgender and gender fluid patients. “I think that’s true of programs across the United States.” (WLTX 19)

NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network adds 5 more sites

The National Institutes of Health has added five new sites to its Undiagnosed Diseases Network model for precision medicine.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Miami School of Medicine, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis join the six sites already participating in the program. NIH plans to invest $100 million in the network over the next four years.

In addition to adding new research sites, NIH is adding new research “cores” to the program in its second phase, such as new biomarker analyses. (Announcement)

With support from health IT groups, a new ‘wizard’ looks to streamline patient medical records requests