North American Center for Ethics & Health Information Technology (NACEHIT)

The North American Center for Ethics and Health Information Technology is a nonpartisan academic and professional collaboration dedicated to education, research and service. A joint effort of the bioethics centers at the University of Miami and Indiana University, the Center includes U.S., Canadian and Mexican partners and is a sibling of the European Centre for the Study of Ethics, Law, and Governance in Health Information Technology.

Its mission is to advance the study of ethics and informatics and contribute nonpartisan analyses and other services to institutions, governments and industry.

Its leaders are scholars and clinicians who have expertise in ethical and policy issues related to health information technology / biomedical informatics; data collection, analysis and sharing; decision support; biomedical research, including laboratory science and clinical trials; electronic health records; patient/consumer issues, including personal health records; and other issues.

Steering Committee

• Peter Embi, Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University
• Ken Goodman, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy (Director)
• Peter Schwartz, Indiana University Center for Bioethics
• Tony Solomonides, NorthShore University HealthSystem / University of Chicago

Initiatives and Projects

AMIA: Ethics and Policy
The American Medical Informatics Association partnered with the Center as part of AMIA’s 2016 Annual Health Policy Invitational Meeting. This workshop, Ethics And Informatics: Challenges, Prospects, Solutions, included presentations by representatives of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and several international organizations.

European Centre for the Study of Ethics, Law, and Governance in Health Information Technology 
The North American Center is collaborating with the European Centre for the Study of Ethics, Law, and Governance in Health Information Technology. The European Centre was launched in March 2016 at London’s Middlesex University with a co-sponsored conference, ICT in Healthcare - Legal, Ethical and Social Challenges. The European group will partner with its North American sibling on issues of international health data ethics. See also the ALERT Research Group

For more information, contact Ken Goodman.