Electronic Medical Diary (EMD): Ethical Analysis in a HTA Process

  • D. Sacchini
  • P. Refolo
  • A. Virdis
  • M. Casini
  • E. Traisci
  • V. Daloiso
  • M. Pennacchini
  • I. Carrasco De Paula


Ethical analysis within Health Technology Assessment (HTA) – a comprehensive form of health policy research that examines the short- and long- term consequences of the application or use of technologies (in a broad meaning) – aims at analysing the moral questions raised by the technology itself and by the consequences of implementing or not a health technology as well as ethical issues that are inherent in the HTA process. The work intends to assess, within a HTA process, the ethical consequences of implementing the Electronic Medical Diary (EMD) in health care systems. The EMD is a device for supporting the daily registration and collection of clinical events related to a certain patient. The storage of these patient-specific clinical data constitutes the patient database (PDB) that may be connected with the many online tools which can improve the flow of information within the hospital information system. Such devices should be able to replace the traditional paper record.


Technology Assessment Health Technology Assessment Hospital Information System Ethical Analysis Ethical Evaluation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Sacchini
    • 1
  • P. Refolo
    • 1
  • A. Virdis
    • 1
  • M. Casini
    • 1
  • E. Traisci
    • 1
  • V. Daloiso
    • 1
  • M. Pennacchini
    • 2
  • I. Carrasco De Paula
    • 1
  1. 1.Università Cattolica del Sacro CuoreRomaItaly
  2. 2.Università “Campus Bio-Medico”RomaItaly

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