Appropriate Uses and Users

Health information technology raises as many interesting and important ethical issues as any other domain in the health professions. In this section, we are guided by an early and important analysis6 that inaugurated an era of thinking about ethics and computers in clinical care, in part by drawing attention to questions of appropriate uses and appropriate users of decision support systems.

This has a number of advantages, not least that the history of bioethics has generally been shaped and driven by advances in technology: hemodialysis, end-of-life care, organ transplantation, genome science, and so on.

What is significant about smart machines is that unlike other technologies, which provide tools for our hands, ears, ...

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