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Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, FACMI

Lecturer in Anesthesiology; Faculty Affiliate, Yale Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy; Faculty, Center for Biomedical Data Science; Yale Interdisicplinary Bioethics Center Scholar; Faculty, Program on Biomedical Ethics; Faculty Affiliated Fellow, Yale Information Society Project, Yale Law School

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Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, FACMI

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Mailing Address

  • Yale Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center

    Box 208293

    New Haven, CT 06511-8293

    United States

Research Summary

Ethical, legal, social, and organizational issues involving information technologies in health care, including electronic health and medical records, privacy, and changing roles of patients and clinicians.

Extensive Research Description

Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, FACMI, of the Yale Center for Medical Informatics, is a Yale Interdisiciplinary Bioethics Center Scholar, a Faculty Affiliate Fellow of the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, Faculty in the Yale Medical School’s Program for Biomedical Ethics and also the Center for Biomedical Data Science, and Faculty Affiliate of the Yale Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy. An editor of two books, the author of more than 90 refereed and invited papers and book chapters, and popular tutorials and sessions at international medical informatics and information systems conferences, her research and consulting concern informatics ethical and legal issues, user perspectives and experiences with health information technology, and ethnographic sociotechnical evaluation. Among her publications in key journals, such as JAMIA, International Journal of Medical Informatics, MISQ, and Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics are some of the most read papers, editor’s choice, and foundational writings on organizational issues, qualitative/ethnographic sociotechnical approaches, and ethical issues. Among her most recent and forthcoming publications are papers on ethical, legal, and social issues in mobile health and mental health, telemedicine, health data privacy, and health information technology software, and also sociotechnical theory and health information technology failure.

She has been faculty for the American Medical Informatics Association’s People and Organizational Issues Doctoral Consortium, the National Science Foundation Consortium for the Science of Socio-technical Systems (CSST) Summer Research Institute, the National Library of Medicine Informatics Course, and the Global Bioethics Initiative International Bioethics Summer School. She also has served as faculty for the Yale Information Society Project-Shalom Comparative Legal Research Institute, Israel Summer Seminar at Yale since 2013. The only non-European invited to the workshop on "Cybersecurity Challenges in Healthcare: Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects," organized by the CANVAS Consortium, an EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland (2017), she presented a main paper on "A Socio-Technical View of Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Cyberspace." In 2019 she addressed the Fall DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy-The Power of Data and the Dilemma of Privacy, and, additionally, as an invited speaker and two sessions on ethical issues at the American Medical Informatics Association’s Annual Symposium.

Dr. Kaplan was elected twice as chair of the American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) People and Organizational Issues Working Group and of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group; and served two terms as chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Organizational and Social Issues Working Group. She served on AMIA's Vendor Contract Issues Task Force, having previously chaired the AMIA Consumer Health Informatics Task Force. She was appointed to the Scientific Program Committee for the AMIA Annual Symposium and to the program committee for the ACM Workshop on Interactive Systems in Health Care multiple times. Dr. Kaplan was a Program Chair of the 2004 conference on Relevant Theory and Informed Practice: A 20 Year Retrospective on IS Research, sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 8.2, The Interaction of Information Systems a as well as co-editing the three editions of H.I.T. or Miss: Lessons Learned from Health Information Technology Projects. She has taught undergraduate through post-doctoral and professional courses in business, medical, nursing, and arts and sciences programs, as well as on-line graduate and certificate courses in biomedical informatics and in bioethics.

She is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a recipient of the AMIA President’s Award.

December, 2020

Research Interests

Anthropology, Cultural; Bioethics; Ethics; History; Hospital Information Systems; Humanities; Information Science; Information Systems; Medical Informatics; Medical Informatics Applications; Social Sciences; Sociology; Systems Analysis; Public Health Informatics; Nursing Informatics; Workflow; Policy; Phenomena and Processes; Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena; Technology, Industry, Agriculture; Health Care