Health, Science & Ethics

Health, Science, & Ethics represents one of the areas of deepest involvement for the Center for Ethics. We live in an era of the biomedicalization of life, where medical and biotechnological progress pose unprecedented ethical challenges.  How should we negotiate the challenges medical technology has created in how we are born, treat our illnesses, and die?  Who should guide us in the dilemmas posed by biotechnologies such as synthetic biology and genetics, our ability to micromanage our minds and moods with lifestyle drugs, or the integration of computer technologies into the human body?  Our work in  Health, Science, & Ethics includes the Master of Arts in Bioethics, the Bioethics Consultation Program, The Health Care Ethics Consortium, the Neuroethics Program, the Religion and Bioethics Initiative, Public Health Ethics, Religion and Public Health Collaborative, and teaching health and science ethics throughout the university.

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Health Science and Ethics Program Opportunities:

April 27: Clinical Ethics Seminar with Victoria Vorholt, "Rethinking Diagnostic Error: how technology can supplement clinical reasoning and improve outcomes"
Time: 4:00PM
Location: Center for Ethics Seminar Room 162
Synopsis: Evolution has provided humans with cognitive systems that enable us to use short-cuts when making complex decisions. However, this apparatus is vulnerable to error, which in healthcare decision-making, can lead to serious adverse effects. This presentation will survey cutting edge technologies and safeguards that seek to reduce the frequency and magnitude of errors in medical decision-making without changing our cognitive strategies.

May 25: Clinical Ethics Seminar with Bryan Kibbe, "The Reconfiguration of Privacy and Confidentiality in the Age of the Electronic Medical Record"
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Center for Ethics Seminar 162
Synopsis: While cutting edge and innovative new medical treatments or technologies often receive considerable ethical analysis and attention, it is also vital to attend to the often profound moral effects of ordinary technologies that play an integral role in the everyday practice of healthcare. This presentation will consider how the increasingly ordinary technology of the electronic medical record introduces novel challenges to the way we maintain and promote patient privacy and confidentiality amidst the delivery of healthcare in the 21st century. While security threats to electronic medical records have received considerable attention, this presentation will instead focus on the ways in which traditional notions of doctor-patient confidentiality are stretched and strained by the fact that the electronic medical record grants increasingly large numbers of healthcare providers unprecedented access to organized and searchable patient health information. How then should we proceed going forward? Should we simply accept that the meanings of privacy and confidentiality are reconfigured and altered in the age of the electronic medical record? Or, should a sufficiently robust commitment to privacy and confidentiality exert additional pressure on how we design and utilize the electronic medical record?

The Healthcare Ethics Consortium (HEC) and the Emory University Center for Ethics are pleased to announce the 2017 Healthcare Ethics Leadership AcademyTM.

 Program Objectives

This 18-month certificate program is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, healthcare administrators, lawyers and other professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge and skills in healthcare ethics.  Participants will receive approximately 40 hours of classroom teaching in Clinical Ethics beginning in the Fall of 2017. A Healthcare Ethics Leadership Certificate will be awarded upon completion of the program.
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