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Ethics, Medicine, and Information Technology
Intelligent Machines and the Transformation of Health Care


  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107624733

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  • Information technology is transforming the practices of medicine, nursing, and biomedical research. Computers can now render diagnoses and prognoses more accurately than humans. The concepts of privacy and confidentiality are evolving as data moves from paper to silicon to clouds. Big data promises financial wealth, as well as riches of information and benefits to science and public health. Online access and mobile apps provide patients with an unprecedented connection to their health and health records. This transformation is as unsettling as it is exhilarating. This unique new book is essential for anyone who uses computers in health care, biomedical research or public health, and cares about the ethical issues that arise in their work. With chapters spanning issues from professionalism and quality to mobile health and bioinformatics, it establishes what will become the 'core curriculum' in ethics and health informatics, a growing field which encourages truly inter- and multidisciplinary inquiry.

    • Suitable for course adoption - informatics programs and courses are growing dramatically in number
    • No other books comprehensively cover this rapidly changing field - fills a gap in the literature
    • Written by one of the world's leading experts in the field, whose contributions have defined and shaped it for more than two decades
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'All in all, this is an excellent compact volume that can serve a number of purposes. It is certainly a primer on the main ethical issues that affect biomedical informatics and will be useful not only to informatics professionals but also to practitioners, researchers, and others interested in the topic.' William Hersh, Journal of Biomedical Informatics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107624733
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Information technologies and twenty-first-century clinical practice: ethics and the electronic health record
    2. Ancient professions and intelligent machines: the ethical challenge of computational decision support
    3. Health privacy, data protection, and trust
    4. Professionalism, programming, and pedagogy
    5. Safety, standards, and interoperability
    6. The e-Health industry: markets, vendors and regulators
    7. Digital health: ubiquitous, virtual, remote, robotic
    8. Biomedical research from genomes to populations: big data and the growth of knowledge
    Appendix A. AMIA's Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct
    Appendix B. The IMIA Code of Ethics for Health Information Professionals

  • Author

    Kenneth W. Goodman, University of Miami
    Kenneth W. Goodman is founder and director of the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, and co-director of the university's ethics programs.

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