NEMSIS | EMS Body Cam Guide
Although body-worn cameras aren’t yet widely used in EMS, interest is growing and organizations that have employed them have seen significant benefits – and some limitations.
To help guide agencies, the National Emergency Medical Services Information System Technical Assistance Center (NEMSIS TAC), in cooperation with the legal firm Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, has released the EMS Body-worn Camera Quickstart Guide: Legal Considerations for EMS Agencies. The guide provides an overview of general legal issues for EMS agencies thinking about using body-worn cameras.
An overview of these key legal considerations for EMS agencies are covered in the new document:
- Federal HIPAA standards
- State invasion of privacy laws
- State wiretap/eavesdropping laws
- State open records laws
- Data retention requirements
- Developing a body-worn camera policy
Every EMS agency considering the use of body-worn cameras must evaluate not just legal issues but financial considerations, public perception, impact on staff, potential union bargaining and more.