The Ethics of Hospital Surveillance Cameras

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Apr 04, 2014

We recently examined a case where a hospital came under fire for placing a hidden camera in a patient’s room. We talked to NYU’s Division of Medical Ethics Director Arthur Caplan on the ethics of using cameras in hospital settings.

Why More Hospitals are Adding Cameras

The main reason is because hospitals are trying to protect themselves from litigation, Caplan says.

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