Hippocratic Database and Active Enforcement

Hippocratic Database and Active Enforcement

Terry Dillard (Dillard Systems, LLC, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-174-4.ch003

Abstract

There are an increasing number of laws and statutes being passed globally to protect the privacy of sensitive healthcare information. This complexity of legislation creates legal concerns for those stakeholders in the healthcare systems that collect and store this sensitive data. This chapter seeks to explore some technology based solutions for managing these complexities and that aim to mitigate some of the potential legal concerns associated with these activities.
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Hippocratic Oath, Confidentiality And Beneficence

The Hippocratic oath is a solemn promise that was required of physicians entering the medical profession, which can be trailed back to the Greek physician and teacher, Hippocrates (403 B.C.). Within the oath, physicians were firmly admonished to maintain appropriate decorum and privacy in the execution of their calling as physicians by refraining from the practice of disseminating what they saw or heard regarding the treatment of patients. Maintaining the confidentiality of the physician-patient relationship was essential to the ethical exercise of the profession (Eliot, 1910).

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