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Ethics & Human Research

Translational Bioethics and Health Privacy

ABSTRACT Translational bioethics expands the scope of research ethics to include multidisciplinary analyses of the societal implications of new translational science discoveries. Novel health privacy issues are raised by the collection, use, and disclosure of extensive and diverse big data for research on precision medicine. Similar privacy concerns surround the use of artificial intelligence to analyze vast troves of clinical records to improve patient outcomes. Embedding bioethics scholars with translational scientists can improve the technical analyses and timeliness of bioethical inquiries, but they complicate the task of producing independent and rigorous ethical assessments.

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