Ethical and Legal Challenges of Digital Medicine in Pandemics
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The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions on mobility, contact bans, mobile phone surveillance apps, and other strategies for containment of infection chains have led to a clear increase in the use of digital applications in public and private healthcare in the past year. Improved data analysis in the research, development, and testing of new therapies, as well as the growing potential of artificial intelligence for rapidly developed diagnostic methods and vaccine candidates, has also resulted in increased demand and application of digital aids among doctors, patients, hospitals, researchers, and companies. However, the use of these technical innovations has been accompanied by socio-economic and political discussions as well as lively ethical and legal debates. Issues such as data protection, cyber security, consent, transparency, discrimination, ownership, and a fair distribution and access to digital opportunities play an important role here. This chapter discusses central ethical and legal issues using concrete examples and provides an in-depth discussion of selected issues that not only illustrate ethical and legal problem areas and risks, but also show possible solutions.
Digital Medicine, Pandemics, Covid-19, Vaccines
Law | Medical Jurisprudence | Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health
Minssen, Timo and Gerke, Sara, "Ethical and Legal Challenges of Digital Medicine in Pandemics" (2023). Faculty Contributions to Books. 28.