What Are Important Ethical Implications of Using Facial Recognition Technology in Health Care?

AMA J Ethics. 2019 Feb 1;21(2):E180-187. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2019.180.


Applications of facial recognition technology (FRT) in health care settings have been developed to identify and monitor patients as well as to diagnose genetic, medical, and behavioral conditions. The use of FRT in health care suggests the importance of informed consent, data input and analysis quality, effective communication about incidental findings, and potential influence on patient-clinician relationships. Privacy and data protection are thought to present challenges for the use of FRT for health applications.

MeSH terms

  • Confidentiality / ethics*
  • Delivery of Health Care / ethics*
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Facial Recognition / ethics*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / ethics*
  • Informed Consent / statistics & numerical data*
  • Privacy*
  • United States