Medical Reality Shows Test Boundaries of Patient Consent, Privacy Laws

January 7, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Health System


Healthcare risk managers may be interested in a January 2, 2015, New York Times article that discusses the filming of patients without their consent. Specifically, the article examines situations in which hospitals allow crews to film patients and their families for "real-life" medical television shows. The article follows the story of a woman who recognized her husband, despite his face being blurred, while watching one such show, and the trauma she and her family endured viewing the moments leading up to his death.

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