Ethical behavior is important for everyone but it is critical in all areas of health informatics. Innovation involves change and people can be easily frightened by advances that they don't understand. Real or perceived unethical actions by a few can quickly turn public opinion negative and lead to the rejection and failure of promising innovations.
HIM and health informatics associations have developed codes of ethics to provide guidance for their members. However, they are suitable for use by anyone involved with healthcare information.
The American Health Information Association Code of Ethics sets values and principles to guide the conduct of health information management (HIM) professionals. It consists of eleven high level ethical principles along with guidelines for each of the principles.
These Codes of Ethics provide an overarching set of ethical requirements/constraints that will be met by all of our healthcare services models.