The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 22, Issue 2, Summer 2022

Perspectives on Public Health

Rachelle Barina, Becket Gremmels, Michael Miller, Nicholas Kockler, Mark Repenshek, Christopher Ostertag, Kirsten Dempsey
Pages 289-317

Data Ethics in Catholic Health Systems

The Catholic moral tradition has a rich foundation that applies broadly to encompass all areas of human experience. Yet, there is comparatively little in Catholic thought on the ethics of the collection and use of data, especially in healthcare. We provide here a brief overview of terminology, concepts, and applications of data in the context of healthcare, summarize relevant theological principles and themes (including the Vatican’s Rome Call for AI Ethics), and offer key questions for ethicists and data managers to consider as they analyze ethical implications pertinent to data governance and data management.