NLM Title Abbreviation
Philos Ethics Humanit Med
Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine
DOI of Published Version
It is almost universally accepted that traditional provider-patient relationships should be governed, at least in part, by the ethical principles set forth by Beauchamp and Childress (Beauchamp and Childress, Principles of biomedical ethics, 1979). These principles include autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice (Beauchamp and Childress, Principles of biomedical ethics, 1979). Recently, however, the nature of medial practice has changed. The pervasive presence of computer technology in medicine raises interesting ethical questions. In this paper we argue that some software designers should be considered health care providers and thus be subject the ethical principles incumbent upon "traditional" providers. We argue that these ethical responsibilities should be applied explicitly rather than as a passive, implicit, set of guidelines.
Journal Article Version
Version of Record
Published Article/Book Citation
Graber and Bailey Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine (2016) 11:4 DOI 10.1186/s13010-016-0038-0
© Graber and Bailey. 2016
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.