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Social and Ethical Concerns of Biomedical Engineering Research and Practice

Social and Ethical Concerns of Biomedical Engineering Research and Practice
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Author(s): Snehasish Mishra (KIIT University, India)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 27
Source title: Biomedical Engineering and Information Systems: Technologies, Tools and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Anupam Shukla (ABV – Indian Institute of Information, India) and Ritu Tiwari (ABV – Indian Institute of Information, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-004-3.ch003

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Abstract

Biomedical engineering is an advanced and relatively new field in the healthcare sector. Owing to the very nature of the various professional challenges faced by healthcare professionals, the moral and ethical values seem to have taken the backburner. The factors contributing to it may include a sound knowledge of the healthcare professional on the legally-permissible ethical values, and the desperate situations requiring precise split-moment decision-making. No technological advancement without a human face is worth it, and hence, during the course of the degree, a biomedical engineering student needs to be exposed to various ethical issues through theory, live cases and demonstrations. Being intrinsically multi- and inter-disciplinary, biomedical engineering lacks precise ethical rules that delineate and delimit professional responsibility, thus blurring the ethical understanding of biomedical engineering. The solution seems to lie in giving due place to human virtues. In the coming days, bioethical issues are expected to be increasingly complicated and dominating the decision-making process owing to the advancements in sciences, and the ever-complicated cases handled by healthcare professionals. A global healthcare and ethics-related online open-access portal may serve as a common platform for all the stakeholders in the interest and ethical growth of biomedical engineering in particular and medical sciences in general.

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