Policies on physicians responsibilities in case of computer security breach, being employed by someone they medically supervise, and recognizing breast cancer as a disease that also affects males, have been adopted by the American Medical Associations House of Delegates.
AMA policy now dictates that, in response to a security breach, physicians are to place the interest of patients above those of themselves, their practice or institution. For physicians being employed by someone they supervise, it was said that, while this situation creates an inherent conflict, a strict prohibition would not be permitted by the Federal Trade Commission, but that doctors should exercise independent judgment even if that puts the physician at odds with the employer/supervisor.
Action on a report providing an ethical framework for dealing with industry financial support of medical education was put off for the second year in a row.
Delegates also voted to form a task force to study the feasibility of abolishing the annual late fall interim meeting, and to retain House of Delegates representation for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine although it fails to meet the current AMA threshold requirements of having either 1,000 or 25% of its members belonging to the AMA. It was reported that 592 of the AAHPMs 2,657 members (22.2%) belong to the AMA, and though this was below the threshold requirement, it was still higher than the 17.4% total of physicians nationwide who belong to the AMA.