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The role of telehealth in gender-affirming care – with Dr. Jerrica Kirkley

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The role of telehealth in gender-affirming care – with Dr. Jerrica Kirkley

March 15, 2022

The role of telehealth in gender-affirming care – with Dr. Jerrica Kirkley

The rise in telehealth utilization, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, has highlighted the potential of virtual care to expand access to services. 

These can be particularly important for those who may face hurdles to brick-and-mortar care. Dr. Jerrica Kirkley, co-founder and chief medical officer of Plume, joins Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss the potential of telemedicine for trans and gender-nonconforming people.

Talking points:

  • The need for data to support gender-affirming care
  • The dynamic, multifactorial process of providing services for LGBTQ people
  • Patients are based across the country, including large metro areas
  • Younger people are increasingly likely to identify as trans or gender-nonconforming
  • Insurance coverage doesn't necessarily guarantee care
  • What gender-affirming care entails
  • The role of state licensing in telehealth expansion
  • How communities are being centered in care

More about this episode:

More inclusive EHRs can help extend welcome, save transgender lives

Beyond 'male, female, unknown' – informaticists propose gender-inclusive HL7 model

Telehealth has enabled wider access during COVID-19 – but not for everyone

States can make a difference in long-term telehealth policies

Digital transgender health company Plume scores $14M in Series A funding

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