Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
Figure 5-1. Recommended variables for standardized collection and reporting of race, ethnicity, and language need
* EHR systems should be able to code data elements from national standard sets of response categories. The subcommittee merged lists of granular ethnicities and languages and their corresponding codes to provide templates from which HHS can develop national standard lists of response categories and codes. Every health professional may not actually use, either in data collection processes or in subsequent analyses, all of the hundreds of possible categories of granular ethnicity or language. However, EHR systems should be designed to accommodate all of the national categories and codes so that a provider can choose the top categories encountered in his or her patient population.
Source: IOM, 2009b