Three alumni of the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program were among the co-authors of the new American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct. The code was published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) on October 17, 2018. The lead author was Carolyn Petersen, MS, MBI, and the other two co-authors were Peter Embi, MD, MS, and Kate Fultz Hollis, MS, MBI.
The original code was published in 2007, and a subsequent code appeared in 2013, but the changes with how we approach data now ethically requires frequent updates to the field’s professional code. Ms. Petersen remarked that, “the third edition of the AMIA Code of Ethics addresses the emerging challenges facing informaticians as new technologies and a greater focus on patient-centered care and research become the norm. As with previous versions, the experience of informaticians working in a broad range of disciplines has brought a balanced, real world-based perspective to the Code.”
In reference to the “living” character of the code, co-author and informatics ethics expert Ken Goodman, PhD, said, “The new Code brings us into the second decade of AMIA leadership in articulating such standards for a still-rapidly growing field. Moreover, it also demonstrates how such documents can remain vibrant – most of the rest of my electrons are turning pale and yellow. The Code is alive!”