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Privacy and Confidentiality

Protecting the privacy of patients' identifiable health information is the first topic the Ethical Force Oversight Body has addressed. In selecting this topic, the Oversight Body considered the rapid evolution of health care informatics and the potential that these advances have to both protect patient information and to allow rapid, massive, and possibly silent breaches of patient confidentiality.

When the evolution of potential health care informatics was assessed, and considered along with rising public concerns about health care privacy and the perception that there is a fundamental ethical obligation to carefully protect information given to health care providers in confidence and out of necessity, the Oversight Body felt that protecting privacy was a clear example of an ethical obligation that must span the entire health care system.

The Ethical Force Program®
330 N. Wabash
Chicago, Ill. 60611
Phone: (312) 464-5260
EthicalForce@ama-assn.org

Consensus report
"Protecting Identifiable Health Care Informational Privacy: A Consensus Report on Eight Content Areas for Performance Measure Development."

Frequently asked questions on privacy report
Frequently asked questions about the Ethics Force Program Consensus Report on Protecting Privacy in the Health Care System.

Expert advisory panel
The Expert Advisory Panel on Privacy met to review existing policies and practices to protect health care informational privacy.