Human-Computer Interaction, Ethics, and Biomedical Informatics

Yearb Med Inform. 2020 Aug;29(1):93-98. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1701990. Epub 2020 Aug 21.


Objectives: To provide an overview of recent work at the intersection of Biomedical Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction, and Ethics.

Methods: Search terms for Human-Computer Interaction, Biomedical Informatics, and Ethics were used to identify relevant papers published between 2017 and 2019.Relevant papers were identified through multiple methods, including database searches, manual reviews of citations, recent publications, and special collections, as well as through peer recommendations. Identified articles were reviewed and organized into broad themes.

Results: We identified relevant papers at the intersection of Biomedical Informatics, Human-Computer Interactions, and Ethics in over a dozen journals. The content of these papers was organized into three broad themes: ethical issues associated with systems in use, systems design, and responsible conduct of research.

Conclusions: The results of this overview demonstrate an active interest in exploring the ethical implications of Human-Computer Interaction concerns in Biomedical Informatics. Papers emphasizing ethical concerns associated with patient-facing tools, mobile devices, social media, privacy, inclusivity, and e-consent reflect the growing prominence of these topics in biomedical informatics research. New questions in these areas will likely continue to arise with the growth of precision medicine and citizen science.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bioethical Issues*
  • Biomedical Research / ethics
  • Computers / ethics
  • Health Records, Personal / ethics
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics / ethics*
  • Mobile Applications / ethics
  • User-Computer Interface*