A legal guide to body-worn cameras for EMS agencies
In partnership with legal firm Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, the NEMSIS TAC created a quickstart guide for legal considerations for EMS agencies
By Jessie Forand
SALT LAKE CITY — From HIPAA standards to public perception, the issue of body-warn cameras is nothing new, but for EMS agencies, there are many items to consider when exploring adding the equipment to gear lineups.
A new guide, “EMS Body-worn Camera Quickstart Guide: Legal Considerations for EMS Agencies,” developed by the National Emergency Medical Services Information System Technical Assistance Center (NEMSIS TAC), with legal firm Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, was created to provide an overview of the issues surrounding body cameras in EMS.
Body-worn cameras can assist EMS workers in documenting patients’ real-time conditions, elevating quality of care and promoting practitioner accountability. The quick start guide offers a legal perspective of the devices.
The guide educates agencies on a variety of issues related to body-worn cameras, including:
- Invasion of privacy laws
- Wiretapping and eavesdropping laws
- Open records laws
- Data retention requirements
- Policy creation
- Federal HIPAA standards
Read the full quick start guide to body-worn cameras below: