Ethical questions must be considered for electronic health records

Spriggs, M, Arnold, M. V, Pearce, Christopher M and Fry, Craig L (2012) Ethical questions must be considered for electronic health records. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38 (9). pp. 535-539. ISSN 0306-6800 (print) 1473-4257 (online)

Abstract

National electronic health record initiatives are in progress in many countries around the world but the debate about the ethical issues and how they are to be addressed remains overshadowed by other issues. The discourse to which all others are answerable is a technical discourse, even where matters of privacy and consent are concerned. Yet a focus on technical issues and a failure to think about ethics are cited as factors in the failure of the UK health record system. In this paper, while the prime concern is the Australian Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), the discussion is relevant to and informed by the international context. The authors draw attention to ethical and conceptual issues that have implications for the success or failure of electronic health records systems. Important ethical issues to consider as Australia moves towards a PCEHR system include: issues of equity that arise in the context of personal control, who benefits and who should pay, what are the legitimate uses of PCEHRs, and how we should implement privacy. The authors identify specific questions that need addressing.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/10529
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2011-100413
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2011-100413
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing
Current > FOR Classification > 2201 Applied Ethics
Keywords ResPubID25184, electronic health record, ethics, records management, policies, security protection, privacy protection
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