Special Challenges

In this section, I review some of the ethical issues that arise in concert with evolving health information technologies. These are not analyses but observations intended to make the point that professionals working in health information technology have a full and tasty plate of issues to address, study, and make part of their professional lives.

Genetics and Bioinformatics

In the future, all genetic information will be stored electronically. We will look back on an era of biobanks and blood spots as quaint, if not primitive. Moreover, genomic information will have become a standard component of the electronic health record. While “genethics” has been part of the standard bioethics curriculum for decades, comparatively little ...

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