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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

New Publication: «The Use and Ethics of Digital Twins in Medicine»

New Publication «The Use and Ethics of Digital Twins in Medicine» in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics by Jeffrey Iqbal, Michael Krauthammer and Nikola Biller-Andorno.

Digital Health Technologies (DHTs) are currently the subject of much debate both in terms of their technological frontiers as well as their ethical, legal and societal implications (ELSI). Regulation of such technologies as medical devices currently lacks behind their level of adoption. Digital Twins are the next evolution step of such DHTs and provide an opportunity to anticipate and act on ELSI before adoption again leaps before the necessary review. This paper introduces the concept and use cases of digital twins in medicine, then frames the debate through the lens of related technologies, machine learning and personalized medicine, and maps ethical challenges stemming from those. Finally, we lay out how digital twins may change and challenge the future practice of medicine.