The Borderline Issue of Ethics in the Future Medicine: Privacy Solutions for the Communication Systems in Telemedicine
Telemedicine solutions are transforming our education, medical practice, and the relation betweenpatient and medical professionals. The telehealth industry is no exception to this trend and the great development in this new field of home-based telemedicine represent great evidence that this system is the one of the future medicine. Since the economic and technologic development is not identical with the ethical appropriateness and justification, this is a serious problem that has to be taken into account. Hence, the use of telemedicine solutions and the mediums of data transmission, invite to a debate about their socio-ethical implications for the traditional goals and moral ideals of the healthcare practice.
The purpose of this article is to document a well-based socio-ethical system that we used in our e-health study, and which respected the socio-ethical standards regarding the relationship between health care professionals and patients, healthcare privacy and confidentiality, and informed consent.