The Hippocratic Bargain and Health Information Technology

7 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2010

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: April 9, 2010

Abstract

Since the fourth century, B.C.E., the Oath of Hippocrates has been the starting point in analyzing the obligations of physicians to protect the privacy and confidentiality interests of their patients. The pertinent provision of the Oath reads as follows: “What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account must be spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.”

Keywords: Hippocratic oath, health information technology, HIT, electronic health records, EHR, privacy, confidentiality, physician-patient relationship, limited disclosure, HIPAA Privacy Rule, medical ethics

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., The Hippocratic Bargain and Health Information Technology (April 9, 2010). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1589671

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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