Chapter Review

Health information technology is an exciting but too-often-neglected source of ethical issues. The necessary and now inevitable conversion of all health data to electronic media means that those issues will increase in importance—and hence that health IT professionals will have a corresponding duty to be familiar with these issues and be able to address them.

In this chapter, I reviewed the foundations of ethical reasoning, with special regard to health information technology; used the concepts of “appropriate uses” and “appropriate users” to introduce ethical challenges that arise in the use of decision-support systems and electronic health records and in research, including outcomes research; and gave an ethical overview of the ...

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