Ethical and Privacy Considerations in the Use of Digital Technology in Nursing Homes: Literature Review


The healthcare industry has experienced significant advancements due to the advent of digital technology, leading to enhancements in patient care, increased efficiency, and improved outcomes. However, with these advances come ethical and privacy issues. In addition to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), individual European countries may have their own distinct laws and regulations concerning privacy protection in nursing homes. These laws may introduce supplementary protection and requirements to ensure the privacy of residents. A literature review of existing literature was conducted to assess ethical and data protection considerations when using digital technologies in nursing homes. The literature emphasizes concerns on violations of privacy due to the implementation of tracking and surveillance technology, the loss of individual autonomy, and the restricted accessibility of technology for vulnerable populations. The literature shows various issues including privacy and data protection, informed consent, equal access, and the impact on staff-patient relationships, trust, responsibility, accountability, bias, as well as the necessity for an ethical framework and value-based innovation. Moreover, recurring themes in the literature encompass transparency, justice and fairness, freedom from harm, and the concept of responsibility.

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Ivan Jurišić, Alma Mater Europea ECM, Slovenia

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Conference: AGen2024
Stream: Aging and Gerontology

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