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Syndromic Surveillance and Patients as Victims and Vectors


Leslie P. Francis


University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Margaret Pabst Battin


University of Utah - Department of Philosophy

Jay A. Jacobson


University of Utah - School of Medicine

Charles B. Smith


University of Utah

December 2, 2009

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 187-195, 2009

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The burgeoning availability of electronic health data allows the development of techniques of “syndromic surveillance”: attempts to identify behavioral or symptom patterns of potential significance to ascertain a developing public health threat as quickly as possible. By collecting and mining real-time data about disease indicators, possible outbreaks of diseases can be targeted even before the diseases themselves have been identified. Despite its public health benefits, syndromic surveillance poses novel problems for bioethics and health law. Informed consent is problematic, for example, because the significance of any particular test result or symptom observation is unknown absent an observation of developing patterns. Drawing on the authors’ prior work in understanding patients as victims and vectors, this article analyzes the ethical issues raised by syndromic surveillance and proposes solutions to them.

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Date posted: December 4, 2009  

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Francis, Leslie P. and Battin, Margaret Pabst and Jacobson, Jay A. and Smith, Charles B., Syndromic Surveillance and Patients as Victims and Vectors (December 2, 2009). Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 187-195, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1517420

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Leslie P. Francis (Contact Author)
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )
332 S. 1400 East Front
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
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Margaret Pabst Battin
University of Utah - Department of Philosophy ( email )
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States
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Jay A. Jacobson
University of Utah - School of Medicine ( email )
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Charles B. Smith
University of Utah ( email )
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