Ethics, Computing, and Medicine: Informatics and the by Kenneth W. Goodman

By Kenneth W. Goodman

As these in medication more and more rely on desktops and different clever machines, the intersection of ethics, computing and the future health professions grows even more advanced and important. This booklet makes an attempt to systematically establish and tackle the entire variety of moral concerns that come up while clever machines are utilized in drugs, nursing, psychology, and allied well-being professions. It explores numerous vital concerns, together with ethics and assessment in computational medication; sufferer and supplier confidentiality; accountability to be used of desktops in medication; applicable use of determination aid structures; results learn and computational diagnosis (including mortality predictions); and computer-based biomedical research--especially meta-analysis. it truly is available to execs and scholars within the fields of bioethics and clinical informatics.

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32 Medical informatics and human values 33 The computer revolution and computer ethics If this were an ideal world, technology would have only good effects on the things we value. But of course the world is not ideal, and technology has both positive and negative effects. The more powerful the technology, the more profound are the effects. For this reason, genuine revolutions in technology - like the Agricultural or the Industrial revolutions - bring about major benefits for human beings: longer lives, food for the hungry, relief from heavy labor, rapid and comfortable transportation, to cite just a few examples.

Identifying and ranking such values, and being clear about their conflicts and exceptions, is an important philosophical undertaking. Other values are particular or local. They may be special cases of the general values. So when "freedom from pain" is offered in the essay by Professors Bynum and Fodor as a medical value, it is conceptually linked to freedom, a general value. Local values apply within and often among different human actions: law, medicine, engineering, journalism, computing, education, business, and so forth.

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