Physicians' Duty to Inform Patients of New Medical Discoveries: The Effect of Health Information Technology
5 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 4, 2011
Physicians' duties to their patients traditionally have been construed narrowly in time and scope to focus on the specific episode of care or clinical encounter. Physicians generally have had no ethical or legal duty to notify patients about new medical information discovered after a visit, notwithstanding the health care benefits to patients that might flow from receiving the information.
Keywords: Health Information Technology, Physician-patient relationship, notification of new discoveries, electronic health records, EHR
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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