Corporate Compliance

Parents hide webcam in hospital room

Compliance Monitor, April 4, 2007

Parents of a child receiving treatment at Children's Hospital in Boston surreptitiously placed a webcam in the hospital room to view the stay, the Boston Herald reports. The incident has raised questions about privacy and provoked the ire of staff at the hospital after a nurse discovered the hidden camera.

Deborah Peel, of the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, told the Herald that the incident is probably not a HIPAA violation, as long as the camera didn't record other patients.

"Many people are very concerned that the quality of care in hospitals has decreased so much. I could understand the family wanting a webcam to prove what care their family did or didn't get," she told the Herald.

Click here to read the Globe's report.

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