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Legal and Professional Issues - Manager of an IT company.

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Legal and Professional Issues Scenarios 4 Manager of an IT company You are a manager with an IT company supplying information management systems to medical practices. A company marketing health-related products (complementary medicines, books on diets and 'miracle' cures of various kinds) has approached you. They suggest that you jointly offer doctors incentives to accept a feature in your system that will print out advertisements for their products on documents for patients and target different categories of patients with mailings. Content Page Title Page Content Page Ethical Issues it raises for; * The individuals- doctors, IT manager 4 * The groups - marketing company, patients 4-5 Enquires which may be carried out in order to understand the problem better 5 Proposed 'solution' for the problem 5-6 Bibliography 7 Appendices 8-11 Manager of an IT company Ethical Issues it raises for; IT Manager * Data Protection Act 1998- "sensitive personal data" within the act states that 'his physical or mental health or condition'1 should not be disclosed. See Appendices. * Human rights act 1998 * The act of 'Bribery', illegal in the UK. * Company should have made a legal binding to the medical practice to secure data leakage. * Ethics and Information Technology. See Bernhard Debatin in Appendices. * In relation to Mills theory- the consequences could lead to higher monitoring of privacy if the activity is disclosed. See Appendices. Doctors * Following the principle of Mills, again, the consequences could be increased monitoring of doctoring practice locally or through the UK. ...read more.

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Last site up-date * General Medical Council http://www.gmc-uk.org/ Cited 25/10/2003. Last site up-date unspecified * Integrity Works On Line www.integrityworks.com Cited 25/10/2003. Last site up-date unspecified * 'Privacy in the Information Age' Smith. Graham K. De Montford University, April 1994 http://www.ccsr.cse.dmu.ac.uk/resources/privacy/privinfoage.html#CHANGES Cited On 26/10/2003. Last modified 28th October 1995 * Science Direct On Line Database http://www.sciencedirect.com Cited on 2510/2003 * The Internet Encyclopaedia of philosophy 2001 - John Stuart Mills http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/m/milljs.htm Cited 25/10/2003. Last site up-date unspecified * The Observer On Line http://observer.guardian.co.uk Cited 12/10/2003. Site up-dated daily * The Voice of Doctors http://www.bma.org.uk/ap.nsf/Content/__Home_Public Cited on 25/10/2003. Last site up-date unspecified Appendices John Stuart Mills Born May 20th 1806 became a leading Philosopher of his time, formulating the 'principle of utility' involves an 'assessment of only an action's consequences, and not the motives or character traits of the agent performing the action'3 The Data Protection Act 1998 "An Act to make new provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals, including the obtaining, holding, use or disclosure of such information"4 [16th July 1998] The Human Rights Act 1998 "An Act to give further effect to rights and freedoms guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights..."5 [9th November 1998] Lives ruined as NHS leaks patients' notes Anthony Browne, Health Editor Sunday June 25, 2000 The Observer http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,336271,00.html Patients' lives are being ruined because of growing disregard for confidentiality. Medical records, detailing their most intimate and embarrassing secrets, are increasingly being passed around without their consent. ...read more.

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Ten Commandments Of Computer Ethics Created by the Computer Ethics Institute 1992 http://www.brook.edu/dybdocroot/its/cei/default.htm 1. Thou Shalt Not Use A Computer To Harm Other People. 2. Thou Shalt Not Interfere With Other People's Computer Work. 3. Thou Shalt Not Snoop Around In Other People's Computer Files. 4. Thou Shalt Not Use A Computer To Steal. 5. Thou Shalt Not Use A Computer To Bear False Witness. 6. Thou Shalt Not Copy Or Use Proprietary Software For Which You have Not Paid. 7. Thou Shalt Not Use Other People's Computer Resources Without Authorization Or Proper Compensation. 8. Thou Shalt Not Appropriate Other People's Intellectual Output. 9. Thou Shalt Think About The Social Consequences Of The Program You Are Writing Or The System You Are Designing. 10. Thou Shalt Always Use A Computer In Ways That Insure Consideration And Respect For Your Fellow Humans. Bernhard Debatin: Computers and Privacy 1 What is Privacy? Quoted from Patterson/Wilkins 1998, page 123 "Privacy is the ability to control one's own circles of intimacy" (Jurust A. F. Westin, Dietemann v. Time The concept of Circles of Intimacy (see Patterson/Wilkins 1998, p. 124) 1 http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/80029--a.htm#4 Data Protection Act 1998, Government Site Chapter 29, Section 2. Site prepared 24th July 1998. Cited on 26/10/2003 2 http://www.gmc-uk.org/standards/default.htm General Medical Council, 3 http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/m/milljs.htm The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2001. John Stuart Mills. 4 http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/80029--a.htm#4 Data Protection Act 1998, Government Site Chapter 29. Site prepared 24th July 1998. Cited 26/10/2003 5 http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/80042--a.htm#3 Human Rights Act 1998, Government Site, Chapter 42. Site prepared 13th November 1998. Cited on 26/10/2003 1 ...read more.

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