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    Introduces the concepts of ethics and moral behaviour as it relates to the governance of Digital Health and health informatics.

    We can no longer imagine health and health care without (digital) technology: from before we are born until we become old and/or sick, the use of technology is inseparable from the delivery of health services. In this paper, students will analyse the ethical challenges arising from this technology use based on specific case studies including artificial intelligence, wearables, Dr. Google, internet of things and remote monitoring technology for older adults. Next to the classic privacy and security debate, other ethical implications focusing on patient autonomy, empowerment, the patient-provider relationship and equity will be discussed.

    About this paper

    Paper title Digital health Information Governance and Ethics
    Subject Digital Health
    EFTS 0.2500
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    HEIN 707, HEIX 707

    Teaching staff

    Coordinator: Dr. Tania Moerenhout Bioethics Centre, OMS

    Paper Structure

    This paper will be structured along four life phases, considering the ethical questions of digital technology use in each phase: Before Birth; Leading a Healthy Life; When Illness Strikes; In Old Age. Ethical questions will be evaluated on the level of the individual user or patient, within the health care system and in broader society.

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.


    All material will be available on Blackboard. There are no specific textbooks to be used for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to evaluate emerging health technologies to suggest solutions to ethical challenges, as they will have developed the following skills:

    1. Relate ethical theories and bioethical principles and values to health technology use.
    2. Conduct strategic literature searches on digital health ethics.
    3. Debate contemporary issues and challenges in digital health ethics and data governance.
    4. Discuss indigenous data governance and sovereignty, specifically related to Māori in the New Zealand context.
    5. Apply ethical frameworks to screen or evaluate digital health technologies.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system

    Other Teaching

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 17:00-18:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
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