The Ethics of Electronic Patient Records

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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
vii
I. Introduction 1
Computer-based Information Technology 1
Relevance of Ethical Considerations 4
The Appropriateness of an Ethical Basis 5
Possibility of Ethical Guidelines on a Global Basis 12
II. The Ontological Status of Electronic Patient Records 17
Introduction 17
Information Space 21
Decision-space 27
Patient Records 30
Reification 31
III. The Ethical Status of Electronic Patient Records: A Patient-Centred Perspective 39
Introduction 39
Why Should Ethical Principles Apply to Patient Records at All? 40
Ethics and the “Fair Information Principles” 47
The Principles Themselves 52
Derivation of Analogue Principles and Their Application 55
Conclusion 64
IV. Ethical Implications for the Physician 71
Introduction 71
Patient Data and Patient Profiles 73

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