Obtain Patient Permission Before Using Video

By Suzanne Natbony Suzanne Natbony

Video production is increasing at an exponential rate. Once mainly the domain of television, video footage can now be seen on websites, tablets, phones and an array of social media sharing. Increasingly, people who are appearing in videos are not actors or television personalities. More and more physicians are seen on TV shows consulting with or treating a patient and even performing procedures. Some of these reality physician shows include “NY Med,” “Trauma: Life in the E.R.,” “Boston Med”, “Botched” and “Mystery Diagnosis.” In addition, many physicians are creating videos of patient procedures to post on their websites and YouTube as well as social media. Before allowing medical personnel to share video that includes a patient, know that the patient must sign a written release that includes a robust host of waivers and authorizations. 

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