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J Clin Ethics. 2010 Spring;21(1):36-8.

Practicing preventive ethics, protecting patients: challenges of the electronic health record.

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  • 1University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. valbridget@aol.com


Implementation of guidelines regarding breaches of electronic health information requires an anticipatory stance and physician and patient education regarding security and monitoring measures and methods of redress. Adopting a preventive ethics, rather than a crisis management, model may also increase physician awareness of how the information they choose to include and privilege within the health record may expose patients to added harms if not done mindfully.

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