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生物,工程和医学的道德
SJR: 0.123

ISSN 打印: 2151-805X
ISSN 在线: 2151-8068

生物,工程和医学的道德

DOI: 10.1615/EthicsBiologyEngMed.2011004384
pages 253-265

eHealth Ethics: The Online Medical Marketplace and Emerging Ethical Issues

Bryan Liang
Institute of Health Law Studies, California Western School of Law; Department of Anesthesiology, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine; San Diego Center for Patient Safety, University of California, San Diego
Timothy K. Mackey
Institute of Health Law Studies, California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA 92101; Joint Doctoral Program in Global Health, University of California, San Diego-San Diego State University, San Diego
Kimberly M. Lovett
Institute of Health Law Studies, California Western School of Law, San Diego; Department of Anesthesiology, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine; Kaiser Permanente; Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California

ABSTRACT

The history of medical ethics has been marked by responses to novel challenges faced by the medical, clinical, and legal communities. These challenges have arisen from innovative treatment methods, scientific progress, and new technologies that continually pose new questions about how we frame and apply medical and clinical ethics. These questions have recently given rise to the burgeoning field of "eHealth Ethics," which attempts to evaluate the impact of digital technologies on health services and outcomes. Yet this area of study has failed to address many current challenges in the eHealth Marketplace, including direct-to-consumer advertising and the sale of medical products online. These digital interactions give rise to a number of issues that impact healthcare providers and patients, as well as businesses that require ethical scrutiny. In this article, we identify some of these emerging relationships and the problems they pose for patient safety and public health, and we suggest potential solutions to mitigate these developments. This dynamic area of medical ethics needs greater attention and coordination among various stakeholders and should continually evolve with changes in the digital environment.


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