Bioethics.net » Privacy http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Mon, 02 May 2016 13:27:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 New York Hospital to Pay $2.2 Million Over Unauthorized Filming of 2 Patients http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-york-hospital-to-pay-2-2-million-over-unauthorized-filming-of-2-patients/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-york-hospital-to-pay-2-2-million-over-unauthorized-filming-of-2-patients/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:52:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58862 http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-york-hospital-to-pay-2-2-million-over-unauthorized-filming-of-2-patients/feed/ 0 BIOETHICSTV: Chicago Med 3/29 http://www.bioethics.net/2016/03/bioethicstv-chicago-med-329/ http://www.bioethics.net/2016/03/bioethicstv-chicago-med-329/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 21:45:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=58514 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

BioethicsTV is an occasional bioethics.net feature where we examine bioethical issues raised in televised medical dramas.

Tonight marked the mid-season premiere of Chicago Med, a freshman television show that seems to relish throwing professional and bioethical issues at its audience. This week, viewers saw no fewer than 4 ethical challenges.

1. Blood draws for DUI in the ED. The first story was about a young man who crashes his car into a house. He is brought to the ED and needs immediate surgery for internal bleeding.…

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Code Black Ends the Season on Bioethics http://www.bioethics.net/2016/03/code-black-end-the-season-with-bioethics/ http://www.bioethics.net/2016/03/code-black-end-the-season-with-bioethics/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:27:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=58185 BioethicsTV is an occasional bioethics.net feature where we examine bioethical issues raised in televised medical dramas.

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The season finale of Code Black (season 1; episode 18 – February 24, 2016) presented a plethora of ethical challenges for the hard working doctors and nurses of Angels Memorial Hospital’s emergency department. The conceit for this show is that this is the busiest emergency room in the country, entering “code black” on over 300 days a year. The show defines a code black as overwhelmed, understaffed, overcrowded.…

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Hospital hack reveals digital risk in medical world http://www.bioethics.net/news/hospital-hack-reveals-digital-risk-in-medical-world/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/hospital-hack-reveals-digital-risk-in-medical-world/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 21:33:51 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58073 http://www.bioethics.net/news/hospital-hack-reveals-digital-risk-in-medical-world/feed/ 0 A Generation Gap Between Privacy & Confidentiality http://www.bioethics.net/2016/02/a-generation-gap-between-privacy-confidentiality/ http://www.bioethics.net/2016/02/a-generation-gap-between-privacy-confidentiality/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 07:45:51 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=58054 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

I was sitting in a quiet coffee house when a woman at the other end of the café says loudly into her phone, “ I can send in a copy of the pregnancy test but I really need to have this ultrasound scheduled. The doctor is worried about doing my procedure if I’m pregnant.” Although a private business, a coffee house has a long tradition of being a public space. So why would someone have such a privileged, intimate conversation in public where others can clearly hear (especially when we’d prefer not to).…

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U.S. and Europe in ‘Safe Harbor’ Data Deal, but Legal Fight May Await http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-and-europe-in-safe-harbor-data-deal-but-legal-fight-may-await/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-and-europe-in-safe-harbor-data-deal-but-legal-fight-may-await/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:42:04 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58014 http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-and-europe-in-safe-harbor-data-deal-but-legal-fight-may-await/feed/ 0 Safe Harbor ripped and replaced with Privacy Shield in last-minute US-Europe deal http://www.bioethics.net/news/safe-harbor-ripped-and-replaced-with-privacy-shield-in-last-minute-us-europe-deal/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/safe-harbor-ripped-and-replaced-with-privacy-shield-in-last-minute-us-europe-deal/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:18:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=57945 http://www.bioethics.net/news/safe-harbor-ripped-and-replaced-with-privacy-shield-in-last-minute-us-europe-deal/feed/ 0 Big Pharma’s bet on Big Data creates opportunities and risks http://www.bioethics.net/news/big-pharmas-bet-on-big-data-creates-opportunities-and-risks/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/big-pharmas-bet-on-big-data-creates-opportunities-and-risks/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:10:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=57898 http://www.bioethics.net/news/big-pharmas-bet-on-big-data-creates-opportunities-and-risks/feed/ 0 Revised Medical Access Records Guidelines Reinforce Patient Rights http://www.bioethics.net/2016/01/revised-medical-access-records-guidelines-reinforce-patient-rights/ http://www.bioethics.net/2016/01/revised-medical-access-records-guidelines-reinforce-patient-rights/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:18:06 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=57785 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A few years ago I moved cross-country for a new job. Among the many moving tasks that I had was getting copies of all my medical records so I could bring those to my new physicians. Although I am very aware of HIPAA taught it in my bioethics and health policy courses for many years, I encountered obstacles to getting these records. Some of the refusals were phrased to my benefit: “If you take them then we have to charge but if we send directly to your new doctor, then there’s no charge;” “We’ll send them to you so you don’t need to carry them” and showed up months later in forwarded mail.…

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Putting Patients Before Publicity http://www.bioethics.net/2016/01/constructing-reality-at-the-intersection-of-pr-and-patient-rights/ http://www.bioethics.net/2016/01/constructing-reality-at-the-intersection-of-pr-and-patient-rights/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 04:49:05 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=57772 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Imagine if 5 million people learned about your hospital in a week. Would you want your hospital to be featured in a television reality show? Described as “unscripted authentic medical dramas,” such shows follow trauma cases from accident to emergency room. Over 2 seasons, NYMed followed stories at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center, University Hospital (NJ), and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Similar shows include Hopkins, Boston Med, Save My Life: Boston Trauma and Boston EMS.…

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Privacy and Information Sharing http://www.bioethics.net/news/privacy-and-information-sharing/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/privacy-and-information-sharing/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:26:36 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=57770 http://www.bioethics.net/news/privacy-and-information-sharing/feed/ 0 Your health records are supposed to be private. They aren’t. http://www.bioethics.net/news/your-health-records-are-supposed-to-be-private-they-arent/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/your-health-records-are-supposed-to-be-private-they-arent/#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2016 15:28:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=57648 http://www.bioethics.net/news/your-health-records-are-supposed-to-be-private-they-arent/feed/ 0 Using social media in clinical research: Case studies address ethical gray areas http://www.bioethics.net/news/using-social-media-in-clinical-research-case-studies-address-ethical-gray-areas/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/using-social-media-in-clinical-research-case-studies-address-ethical-gray-areas/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:28:17 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=57219 http://www.bioethics.net/news/using-social-media-in-clinical-research-case-studies-address-ethical-gray-areas/feed/ 0 Ingestible Drug Adherence Monitors: Trending Toward a Surveillance Society? http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ingestible-drug-adherence-monitors-trending-toward-a-surveillance-society/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ingestible-drug-adherence-monitors-trending-toward-a-surveillance-society/#comments Sun, 01 Nov 2015 22:45:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=57255 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ingestible-drug-adherence-monitors-trending-toward-a-surveillance-society/feed/ 0 Human Chipping: Fishing for Uses http://www.bioethics.net/2015/10/human-chipping-fishing-for-uses/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/10/human-chipping-fishing-for-uses/#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2015 04:12:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=56916 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the near future:

Thank you Ms. Riviera, it seems that we have all of your paperwork in order for your new job. The only thing left is your microchip. Please extend your left hand. This will only sting a little.

Tagging humans with microchips has long been a trope in fiction: The X-Files; Terminal Man; Total Recall; Johnny Mnemonic; South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut; Spiderman 2; Mission Impossible 3; Final Cut; and Strange Days to name a few.…

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Hello Barbie: Considering Potential Unforeseen Problems with A.I. Dolls and What Children Tell Them http://www.bioethics.net/2015/09/hello-barbie-considering-potential-unforeseen-problems-with-a-i-dolls-and-what-children-tell-them/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/09/hello-barbie-considering-potential-unforeseen-problems-with-a-i-dolls-and-what-children-tell-them/#comments Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=56587 by Amanda Zink, J.D., M.A.

Hello Barbie, a doll with artificial intelligence (AI) that enables it to “talk” with children, is slated for release this November, just in time for the holiday season.

When a child activates a microphone inside Hello Barbie’s necklace, her words will be recorded and transmitted to computer servers. Speech recognition software will convert the audio message to analyzable text, enabling the “correct” response to be chosen out of thousands of pre-scripted lines.

Given recent articles on this toy in the popular press, I pose the question: Has Mattel taken enough time to think through the problems that could ensue from giving thousands of children a talking friend and uploading their conversations to the Cloud – for the manufacturers, the children’s parents, and maybe even the NSA to hear?…

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You’re surrounded by a cloud of bacteria as unique as a fingerprint http://www.bioethics.net/news/youre-surrounded-by-a-cloud-of-bacteria-as-unique-as-a-fingerprint/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/youre-surrounded-by-a-cloud-of-bacteria-as-unique-as-a-fingerprint/#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:01:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56580 http://www.bioethics.net/news/youre-surrounded-by-a-cloud-of-bacteria-as-unique-as-a-fingerprint/feed/ 0 Ashley Madison & Using Stolen Data http://www.bioethics.net/2015/09/ashley-madison-using-stolen-data/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/09/ashley-madison-using-stolen-data/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:35:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=56402 by Arthur L Caplan, PhD and Charles Seife, MS

This past August, the public was treated to gigabytes of data stolen from the Ashley Madison website, including detailed records on millions of people who had registered for their service. Their service, of course, is a dating site meant to facilitate extra-marital affairs. The message isn’t subtle, as anyone who’s got their upbeat jingle — “I’m looking for someone other than my wife!” — stuck in his head can attest.…

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81 percent of hospitals and health insurance companies have had a data breach http://www.bioethics.net/news/81-percent-of-hospitals-and-health-insurance-companies-have-had-a-data-breach/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/81-percent-of-hospitals-and-health-insurance-companies-have-had-a-data-breach/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:11:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56406 http://www.bioethics.net/news/81-percent-of-hospitals-and-health-insurance-companies-have-had-a-data-breach/feed/ 0 The Private as Public: What it Means for Bioethics http://www.bioethics.net/2015/08/the-private-as-public-what-it-means-for-bioethics/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/08/the-private-as-public-what-it-means-for-bioethics/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:54:36 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=56172 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Today I was sitting in an outdoor coffee house and listened to the sounds around me. I heard the jackhammer from the street construction and the beep of a truck backing up. There was the gentleman working on his computer at the next table, playing music from his cell phone, out loud for everyone to hear. There were two women behind me (one actually moved so that she was next to me) speaking in very loud voices while one was convincing the other to use her as a web designer (and complaining about their boyfriends).…

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Investigating Two Claims Against Planned Parenthood: Center of Medical Progress’s Secret Videos http://www.bioethics.net/2015/07/investigating-two-claims-against-planned-parenthood-center-of-medical-progresss-secret-videos/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/07/investigating-two-claims-against-planned-parenthood-center-of-medical-progresss-secret-videos/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:00:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=55867 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Before you being reading, I have a disclaimer: Growing up, my mother worked for Planned Parenthood. As a nurse, she practiced in their clinics offering well women services, counseling, and contraception. After many years, she went on to direct their clinic’s in vitro fertilization program. I also heard the word “Planned Parenthood” stated with a quick northeastern accent. Said that way, as a child, I thought the place was called “Plant Parenthood” and wondered what plants had to do with women’s health.…

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Court rules NSA program illegal http://www.bioethics.net/news/court-rules-nsa-program-illegal/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/court-rules-nsa-program-illegal/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 19:15:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54999 http://www.bioethics.net/news/court-rules-nsa-program-illegal/feed/ 0 How Private DNA Data Linked an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-private-dna-data-linked-an-innocent-man-to-a-20-year-old-murder-case/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-private-dna-data-linked-an-innocent-man-to-a-20-year-old-murder-case/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 22:29:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54967 http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-private-dna-data-linked-an-innocent-man-to-a-20-year-old-murder-case/feed/ 0 Why Doctors Should Audio Record Patient Encounters http://www.bioethics.net/2015/04/why-doctors-should-audio-record-patient-encounters/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/04/why-doctors-should-audio-record-patient-encounters/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:03:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54905 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In Dave Eggers’ novel, The Circle, a behemoth tech company makes it popular for people to wear cameras and to live broadcast every minute of their lives (except for time in the bathroom). The goal is to remove secrets and to improve behavior because if you thought you were being watched all the time, you would always behave well (drawing on Bentham and Foucault’s ideas of the panopticon).

Much has been written about using cameras to protect ourselves.…

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Figure 1: Global Medical Education and Collaboration in Real Time http://www.bioethics.net/2015/04/figure-1-global-medical-education-and-collaboration-in-real-time/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/04/figure-1-global-medical-education-and-collaboration-in-real-time/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:26:34 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54819 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

When I was teaching in medical schools I recall a case where a student was reprimanded for breaking patient confidentiality by uploading a picture of surgery to his Facebook profile. This incident led to educational interventions about the appropriate use of social media in medicine. The short guideline was, “Never upload photos of patients onto the internet.” Now, physicians are encouraged to upload patient pictures through a service called Figure1, which has been described as “Instagram for doctors.”

Figure 1 is part of Medicine 2.0, using online technology to enable collaboration and interaction.…

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Health data breaches on the rise http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-data-breaches-on-the-rise/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-data-breaches-on-the-rise/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:14:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54733 http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-data-breaches-on-the-rise/feed/ 0 Should Medical Staff ‘Google’ Patients? https://thebioethicsprogram.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/513/ https://thebioethicsprogram.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/513/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:47:09 +0000 http://thebioethicsprogram.wordpress.com/?p=513 ]]> https://thebioethicsprogram.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/513/feed/ 0 Caveat Scholasticus https://thebioethicsprogram.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/caveat-scholasticus/ https://thebioethicsprogram.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/caveat-scholasticus/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:23:34 +0000 http://thebioethicsprogram.wordpress.com/?p=509 ]]> https://thebioethicsprogram.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/caveat-scholasticus/feed/ 0 Gov. Brown Makes History, End-of-Life Choices, Personal Health at our Fingertips http://www.bioethics.net/news/gov-brown-makes-history-end-of-life-choices-personal-health-at-our-fingertips/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/gov-brown-makes-history-end-of-life-choices-personal-health-at-our-fingertips/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:54:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53789 http://www.bioethics.net/news/gov-brown-makes-history-end-of-life-choices-personal-health-at-our-fingertips/feed/ 0 Who Owns A Human Genome? http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-owns-a-human-genome/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-owns-a-human-genome/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:02:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53689 http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-owns-a-human-genome/feed/ 0 Computers ‘judge personality better than friends http://www.bioethics.net/news/computers-judge-personality-better-than-friends/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/computers-judge-personality-better-than-friends/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:50:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53615 http://www.bioethics.net/news/computers-judge-personality-better-than-friends/feed/ 0 Of Course 23andMe’s Plan Has Been to Sell Your Genetic Data All Along http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/2015/01/13/of-course-23andmes-plan-has-been-to-sell-your-genetic-data-all-along/ http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/2015/01/13/of-course-23andmes-plan-has-been-to-sell-your-genetic-data-all-along/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:29:40 +0000 http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/?p=6792 http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/2015/01/13/of-course-23andmes-plan-has-been-to-sell-your-genetic-data-all-along/feed/ 0 Case Study:The Obligations to Report Statutory Sexual Abuse Disclosed in a Research Study http://www.bioethics.net/articles/case-studythe-obligations-to-report-statutory-sexual-abuse-disclosed-in-a-research-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/case-studythe-obligations-to-report-statutory-sexual-abuse-disclosed-in-a-research-study/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:22:35 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=52836 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/case-studythe-obligations-to-report-statutory-sexual-abuse-disclosed-in-a-research-study/feed/ 0 Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers http://www.bioethics.net/news/thousands-of-people-oblivious-to-fact-that-anyone-on-the-internet-can-access-their-computers/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/thousands-of-people-oblivious-to-fact-that-anyone-on-the-internet-can-access-their-computers/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:18:45 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52507 http://www.bioethics.net/news/thousands-of-people-oblivious-to-fact-that-anyone-on-the-internet-can-access-their-computers/feed/ 0 Insurance giants creating massive database of patient records http://www.bioethics.net/news/insurance-giants-creating-massive-database-of-patient-records/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/insurance-giants-creating-massive-database-of-patient-records/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:14:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52506 http://www.bioethics.net/news/insurance-giants-creating-massive-database-of-patient-records/feed/ 0 Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/2014/09/02/big-data-peeps-at-your-medical-records-to-find-drug-problems/ http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/2014/09/02/big-data-peeps-at-your-medical-records-to-find-drug-problems/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:57:34 +0000 http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/?p=6755 http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/2014/09/02/big-data-peeps-at-your-medical-records-to-find-drug-problems/feed/ 0 NSA’s ‘MonsterMind’ Could Automate Cyberwar http://www.bioethics.net/news/nsas-monstermind-could-automate-cyberwar/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/nsas-monstermind-could-automate-cyberwar/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:40:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52287 http://www.bioethics.net/news/nsas-monstermind-could-automate-cyberwar/feed/ 0 Google Seeks Human Guinea Pigs for Health Project http://www.bioethics.net/news/google-seeks-human-guinea-pigs-for-health-project/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/google-seeks-human-guinea-pigs-for-health-project/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:01:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52166 http://www.bioethics.net/news/google-seeks-human-guinea-pigs-for-health-project/feed/ 0 Police Won’t Use Nude Photos of Va. Teen as Evidence in Sexting Case, Attorney Says http://www.bioethics.net/news/police-wont-use-nude-photos-of-va-teen-as-evidence-in-sexting-case-attorney-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/police-wont-use-nude-photos-of-va-teen-as-evidence-in-sexting-case-attorney-says/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:35:22 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52044 http://www.bioethics.net/news/police-wont-use-nude-photos-of-va-teen-as-evidence-in-sexting-case-attorney-says/feed/ 0 Facebook responds to criticism of its experiment on users http://www.bioethics.net/news/facebook-responds-to-criticism-of-its-experiment-on-users/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/facebook-responds-to-criticism-of-its-experiment-on-users/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:15:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51955 http://www.bioethics.net/news/facebook-responds-to-criticism-of-its-experiment-on-users/feed/ 0 Big brother is a health care provider http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/bioethics-at-tiu/~3/0b0RJJwtGPk/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/bioethics-at-tiu/~3/0b0RJJwtGPk/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:38:03 +0000 http://blogs.tiu.edu/bioethics/?p=4989 Read More »]]> http://blogs.tiu.edu/bioethics/2014/06/27/big-brother-is-a-health-care-provider/feed/ 0 Health by the numbers http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/health-by-the-numbers/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/health-by-the-numbers/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:06:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51861 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

How are you? How are you feeling? These used to be straightforward greetings with simple answers. “I’m fine.” I’m doing well.” “I had been feeling ill but am much better now.” Or even “I keep struggling with diet and exercise.”

However, in the age of accountability, our society has become less comfortable with fuzzy statements and prefers to quantify everything possible, irrespective of whether it’s meaningful. The same question today may elicit responses of “My cholesterol is at 265.” “My sugar is at 210.” “BP is 96 over 75.” Or even “I can’t talk right now, I still have 4,000 steps to go.”

Health has moved from describing a state of being to listing a collection of numbers.…

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Minnesota to resume storing newborn blood samples http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/2014/05/13/minnesota-to-resume-storing-newborn-blood-samples/ http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/2014/05/13/minnesota-to-resume-storing-newborn-blood-samples/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 15:00:56 +0000 http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/?p=6642 http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/2014/05/13/minnesota-to-resume-storing-newborn-blood-samples/feed/ 0 Lessons for the Future of Primary Care from Robin Cook’s Cell http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/lessons-for-the-future-of-primary-care-from-robin-cooks-cell/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/lessons-for-the-future-of-primary-care-from-robin-cooks-cell/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 07:28:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51465 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

I just finished reading the popular fiction novel Cell by Robin Cook. This medical thriller revolves around George Wilson, a radiology resident who finds people dying suddenly after receiving diagnoses of terminal illnesses including his fiancé and next-door-neighbor. The catch is that all of these people were beta testers for a new mobile app called iDoc. A technology company developed this program to be a personal primary care physician. iDoc can answer all of your health questions, monitor your vital signs, and even give you a dose of insulin through an implantable reservoir.…

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Would you share your DNA info to advance medicine? http://www.bioethics.net/news/would-you-share-your-dna-info-to-advance-medicine/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/would-you-share-your-dna-info-to-advance-medicine/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:46:06 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51437 http://www.bioethics.net/news/would-you-share-your-dna-info-to-advance-medicine/feed/ 0 French School Carries out DNA Dragnet in Rape Case http://www.bioethics.net/news/french-school-carries-out-dna-dragnet-in-rape-case/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/french-school-carries-out-dna-dragnet-in-rape-case/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:42:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51368 http://www.bioethics.net/news/french-school-carries-out-dna-dragnet-in-rape-case/feed/ 0 PatientsLikeMe Launches “Data for Good” Campaign to Encourage Health Data Sharing to Advance Medicine http://www.bioethics.net/news/patientslikeme-launches-data-for-good-campaign-to-encourage-health-data-sharing-to-advance-medicine/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/patientslikeme-launches-data-for-good-campaign-to-encourage-health-data-sharing-to-advance-medicine/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:14:36 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51027 http://www.bioethics.net/news/patientslikeme-launches-data-for-good-campaign-to-encourage-health-data-sharing-to-advance-medicine/feed/ 0 Yahoo updates methodology in new transparency report http://www.bioethics.net/news/yahoo-updates-methodology-in-new-transparency-report/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/yahoo-updates-methodology-in-new-transparency-report/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:50:36 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50976 http://www.bioethics.net/news/yahoo-updates-methodology-in-new-transparency-report/feed/ 0 British spy agency collected images of Yahoo webcam chats http://www.bioethics.net/news/british-spy-agency-collected-images-of-yahoo-webcam-chats/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/british-spy-agency-collected-images-of-yahoo-webcam-chats/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:56:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50729 http://www.bioethics.net/news/british-spy-agency-collected-images-of-yahoo-webcam-chats/feed/ 0 Take Two Aspirin and Let Me Tell You What I Think About the Affordable Care Act http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/take-two-aspirin-and-let-me-tell-you-what-i-think-about-the-affordable-care-act/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/take-two-aspirin-and-let-me-tell-you-what-i-think-about-the-affordable-care-act/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:39:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50562 by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

I recently saw a subspecialist for a medical procedure.  I had never met this physician before so as he sat down to review what was going on in the monitor in front of him, the first thing he asked me was what I did for a living.  I promptly informed him that I was a bioethics professor at Loyola University Chicago.  This immediately piqued his interest.  He asked me what this entailed, and I told him that I taught graduate and medical students, did ethics consultations, did my own research and writing, gave presentations, etc. …

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