Ballistic vests have been a hot topic in EMS over the past 6 months or so. Â Body Cameras is also a hot topic in the law enforcement community. In the law enforcement arena the subject of body cameras is debated on an everyday basis. Just recently the release of the body/dash camera was scrutinized when the the Chief of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Police at first was not going to release the footage. Â How about in EMS? Should body cameras be part of the uniform of an EMT/Paramedic?
On my personal Facebook Page a while back, I asked the question if EMS should use body cameras? It generated lots of conversation and questions. How about HIPAA? What about the patient’s rights? What if Â something happened, good or bad? Â Expense? Data Storage? Â Some of the commentersÂ said they would not wear a camera, because the employer might find a way to terminate their employment
I set out to find out some of the answers. Those answers can be found in Episode 67 of Medic2Medic Podcast.Â Â Ryan Stark is an associate attorney with Page, Wolfberg & Wirth. His concentration is with HIPAA, Labor, Medicare reimbursement and related areas of the law that affect the EMS industry. Our discussion surrounded the use of Body Camera use within the EMS community. Mr. StarkÂ answers the question that comes up any time you mention Body Cameras and EMS: Is it a HIPAA violation? The discussion leads to the pros and cons of body camera uses by EMTs and Paramedics. If you are Chief or Administrator, what do you need to set up a Body Camera program in your organization? How do you get the “buy in” from your staff and the public? Mr. StarkÂ answers these questions and more.
Links to Episode 67