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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011;2011:1499-505. Epub 2011 Oct 22.

Ethics of implementing Electronic Health Records in developing countries: points to consider.

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Regenstrief Institute, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA.


Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs) are increasingly being used in many developing countries, several of which have moved beyond isolated pilot projects to active large-scale implementation as part of their national health strategies. Despite growing enthusiasm for adopting EHRs in resource poor settings, almost no attention has been paid to the ethical issues that might arise. In this article we argue that these ethical issues should be addressed now if EHRs are to be appropriately implemented in these settings. We take a systematic approach guided by a widely accepted ethical framework currently in use for developing countries to first describe the ethical issues, and then propose a set of 'Points to Consider' to guide further thinking and decision-making.

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