A Watchful Eye in Hospitals (The New York Times)

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The New York TimesIn a New York Times opinion piece, Tim Lahey, an associate professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, discusses the challenges that hospitals face over the decision to monitor patients via video.

“Hidden cameras should be a last resort,” writes Lahey, chair of the bioethics committee at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. “Hospitals should notify patients that covert video monitoring may be used in unusual circumstances, and only with the oversight of a hospital ethics committee. Institutions should then track the use of covert video monitoring to ensure that it remains rare and appropriate, while letting hospitals marshal technology to protect our most vulnerable patients.”

Read the full opinion piece, published 2/16/14 by The New York Times.