Audiovisual recording in the emergency department: Ethical and legal issues
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Emergency Med
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CitationIserson, K. V., Allan, N. G., Geiderman, J. M., & Goett, R. R. (2019). Audiovisual recording in the emergency department: Ethical and legal issues. The American journal of emergency medicine, 158408.
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AbstractEmergency physicians, organizations and healthcare institutions should recognize the value to clinicians and patients of HIPAA-compliant audiovisual recording in emergency departments (ED). They should promote consistent specialty-wide policies that emphasize protecting patient privacy, particularly in patient-care areas, where patients and staff have a reasonable expectation of privacy and should generally not be recorded without their prospective consent. While recordings can help patients understand and recall vital parts of their ED experience and discharge instructions, using always-on recording devices should be regulated and restricted to areas in which patient care is not occurring. Healthcare institutions should provide HIPAA-compliant methods to securely store and transmit healthcare-sensitive recordings and establish protocols. Protocols should include both consent procedures their staff can use to record and publish (print or electronic) audiovisual images and appropriate disciplinary measures for staff that violate them. EDs and institutions should publicly post their rules governing ED recordings, including a ban on all surreptitious or unconsented recordings. However, local institutions may lack the ability to enforce these rules without multi-party consent statutes in those states (the majority) where it doesn't exist. Clinicians imaging patients in international settings should be guided by the same ethical norms as they are at their home institution. Copyright © 2019. Published by Elsevier Inc.
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