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30000010252288 R858 E84 2008 Open Access Book Book

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The utilization of information and communication technologies in almost all spheres of modern society has changed the social picture in significant ways while simultaneously leading to tensions with regard to traditional ethical and legal practices--particularly given the global context of its application. Where these technologies impact on the practice and implementation of healthcare, it is vital to recognize the extent and nature of the ethical and social impact both at the level of professional practice and the patient.Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics presents a fundamental compendium of research on the ethical, social, and legal issues facing the healthcare industry as it adopts information technologies to provide fast, efficient, and cost effective healthcare. An essential resource for every reference library, this comprehensive book offers a multidisciplinary perspective, drawing from the expertise of a wide variety of global industries including law, ethics, medicine, philosophy, and computer science.

Table of Contents

Carlisle George and Penny DuquenoyGoran CollsteRania Shibl and Kay Fielden and Andy Bissett and Den PainKarin HedstromHannah H. GrondahlJanne Lahtiranta and Kai. K. KimppaAnthony E. SolomonideBenedict StanberryMaria Yin Ling Fung and John PaynterBostjan Bercic and Carlisle GeorgeEmilio MordiniKevin Warwick and Daniela Cerqui
Forewordp. vi
Prefacep. x
Section I The Internet and Healthcare
Chapter I Online Medical Consultations: Legal, Ethical, and Social Perspectivesp. 1
Chapter II Applied Ethics and ICT-Systems in Healthcarep. 29
Section II Trust, Values, and Healthcare Information Systems
Chapter III Trust and Clinical Information Systemsp. 48
Chapter IV Values of an Electronic Social Recordp. 65
Section III Responsibility and Healthcare Information Systems
Chapter V Are Agency and Responsibility Still Solely Ascribable to Humans? The Case of Medical Decision Support Systemsp. 84
Chapter VI Responsibility in Electronic Health: What Muddles the Picture?p. 113
Section IV Quality Management in Healthcare Information Systems
Chapter VII Compliance and Creativity in Grid Computingp. 140
Chapter VIII Clinical Safety and Quality Management in Health ITp. 156
Section V Privacy and Data Protection Issues Regarding Electronic Healthcare Information
Chapter IX The Impact of Information Technology in Healthcare Privacyp. 186
Chapter X Compiling Medical Data into National Medical Databases: Legitimate Practice or Data Protection Concern?p. 228
Section VI Emerging Technologies
Chapter XI Biometrics, Human Body, and Medicine: A Controversial Historyp. 249
Chapter XII Prospects for Thought Communication: Brain to Machine and Brain to Brainp. 273
About the Contributorsp. 291
Indexp. 297
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