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Clinical Informatics: Old Art, New Science

by Eric Swirsky, JD, MA

Through the millennia the science and practice of medicine have evolved and along with them the moral relationship that exists between doctor and patient.  While much has changed, the need for information exchange has not; it is a central component of the doctor-patient relationship and shapes its moral status.  The practice of medicine has been transformed with the rise of the health care industry. Traditional clinical values, such as respecting autonomy, promoting what is best for the patient, refraining from harm, and upholding principles of justice, have been joined by business needs for efficiency, cost effectiveness, and increased productivity.…

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