Informatics Research Seminar: Health Informatics Ethics

 September 24 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Elizabeth Forrestal, PhD, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA
Presented from ECU

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Ethical issues related to health information and communications technologies confront health personnel. Health informaticians, as members of the healthcare team, should gain an understanding of ethics so that they may meaningfully contribute to the team. This presentation will briefly describe sentinel ethical lapses in biomedical research and the resulting guidelines and regulations. It also will highlight ethics as a component of professional education, describe how ethical approaches vary among professional disciplines, sketch the implications of varying approaches, and examine ethical conflicts in the practice of health informatics.


Elizabeth Forrestal, PhD, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA is a professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management at East Carolina University. She is the author of five published articles on ethics in health care and in informatics.

Dr. Forrestal’s experience includes both industry and education. Prior to joining the faculty of East Carolina University, she taught at the Georgia Regents University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia). She also has held positions at Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Hospitals, where she worked in several areas including Inpatient Admissions, Health Information Management Services, Research Studies, and Quality Management.

Dr. Forrestal has a baccalaureate degree from the University of Minnesota with a post-baccalaureate certificate in health information administration from the College of St. Scholastica. Her master’s degree is in organizational leadership from the College of St. Catherine, and her doctorate is in higher education with a cognate in business from Georgia State University. In 2001, Dr. Forrestal was designated a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA), one of the first two such honored individuals in the U.S.