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Gell, G.
Side effects and responsibility of medical informatics.
Int J Med Inform. 2001; 64(2-3):69-81
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Gell Günther
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Abstract:
Medical informatics systems have the ultimate goal to improve the quality of health care. However, these systems have also the potential to compromise the quality of health care if they are misused, intrinsically faulty or entail unexpected side effects. The purpose of the paper is to discuss examples from the experience of the author, where well-intended medical informatic applications proved to have potentially harmful effects or side effects. It is argued that medical informaticians (MI) have an extended professional responsibility, which covers not only the state of the art technical planning, an implementation of information processing systems in medicine, but also the final result for the patient. In order to discuss professional duties of medical informaticians, a modification of the Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice developed by ACM/IEEE is proposed as a guideline. For several examples, these guidelines are used to analyze possible actions and professional responsibility.
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