The wizard behind the curtain: programmers as providers

Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 11:4 (2016)
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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. These principles include autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice. 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.

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Principles of Biomedical Ethics.Tom L. Beauchamp - 1979 - Oxford University Press.

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