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1 Ethics and the Internet Helga E. Rippen, MD, PhD, MPH CoChair, eHealth Ethics Initiative Chair, Internet Healthcare Coalition (Director of Medical Informatics, Pfizer Health Solutions, Inc.)

2 Why Now? Critical mass and exponential growth New/non-health participants Questionable practices Bad press Legislation/regulation concerns Increased use of Internet by healthcare

3 Translation & Implementation Translation & Implementation Regulation FTC, FDA…+ Regulation FTC, FDA…+ Self-Regulation URAC, HON, Hi-Ethics, AMA Self-Regulation URAC, HON, Hi-Ethics, AMA Domain Name Restrictions WHO (dot.health) Domain Name Restrictions WHO (dot.health) Code of Ethics eHealth Code

4 The 8 Principles 1. Candour & trustworthiness 2. Truthfulness & non-deception 3. Quality 4. Informed consent 5. Privacy & data security 6. Professionalism & best practices 7. Responsible partnering 8. Accountability

5 What Does This Mean to You? Regulation and/or accreditation Trust issue You will be impacted -- so start now What Should You Do?

6 Predictions New profession -- ethics officer Some regulation (escalation possible) Included as part of accreditation

7 Resources eHealth Code of Ethics Criteria for assessing Quality on the Internet


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