BWCs in the Medical Field: How Can BWC Programs Work Within HIPAA?

On November 19th at 12:00 PM ET, the BWC TTA provider hosted a webinar on body-worn cameras (BWC) in the medical field and discussed how these programs can work within HIPAA. The webinar provided insights and experiences regarding how body-worn camera programs have or have not impacted police agencies as they relate to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Since the introduction of HIPAA, many police officers have not received training on the act or operate under misinformed assumptions on how HIPAA relates to obtaining information in a medical setting. This is particularly relevant so that officers and all involved stakeholders can have a clear understanding on how, or if, BWC recordings are impacted by HIPAA considerations. This webinar consisted of a panel of three experts experienced with HIPAA, including a prosecutor, police, and a medical professional.

Perspectives and experiences about the role BWC video footage plays were provided by:

• Assistant District Attorney Damon Mosler, San Diego County, California, District Attorney's Office
• Chief Elizabeth Hall, South Carolina Department of Mental Health
• Dr. Greg Marchand, MedStar Emergency Physicians