Smile! The Doctor Is on Camera: The Pros and Cons of Recording Office Visits and Procedures

by Rich Cahill, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company

“Doctor, can I record our conversation today?”

Have you ever heard that question from a patient or a patient’s family member? Or have you ever been worried a patient might record the visit without asking permission? As smartphones have become ubiquitous—giving patients a video and audio recorder that’s always at hand—the question of whether or not these devices should be allowed in the clinic or hospital setting is becoming increasingly more common.

A high-profile case involved a patient who accidentally recorded his colonoscopy, capturing derogatory remarks from the anesthesiologist while he was under anesthesia. The patient sued for malpractice and was awarded $500,000.1 While this case is extreme, it has raised the importance of addressing the issue in each practice and hospital.


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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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