Tania Moerenhout, MD, is a Visiting Scholar in the Center for Bioethics & Health Law in 2016-2017. She received her MD degree at the University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium, in 2007 and an additional certificate in family medicine (general practitioner) in 2009. She then practiced medicine and developed an interest in philosophy. She earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Brussels. In her Master’s thesis, employing the work of Thomas Kuhn, Larry Laudan and Michel Foucault, she examined the question whether e-health will cause a revolution or paradigm shift in medicine. In October 2015 she began doctoral study in Philosophy at the University of Ghent.
While in Pittsburgh, she is pursuing qualitative research as part of her long-term project: Treating the real or the digital patient? Impact of the electronic health record on the patient-provider relationship: an ethical assessment. The project has two dimensions. The first is a conceptual analysis of the electronic health record (EHR) and its integration in the patient-provider relationship. This analysis will bring together elements from the philosophy of information, the philosophy of technology (technological mediation and postphenomenology) and the philosophy of medicine. For the second line of inquiry, the project will augment this conceptual framework with empirical research employing a mixed methods design beginning with in-depth interviews with care providers. Subsequently, an experimental philosophy approach, using a vignette study, will be used to elicit patients’ ethical intuitions on this subject. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide recommendations for future design and development of the EHR.