Hospital Cameras

Dozens of women have filed a lawsuit against a suburban San Diego hospital whose cameras recorded their procedures in three labor and delivery rooms, according to multiple news reports. The Women’s Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, a suburb of San Diego; hence say’s in a statement Thursday that the cameras was install between July 2012 and June 2013 to catch thieves stealing from anesthesia carts.

Class action status

According to NBC news, 81 women are list as plaintiffs on the lawsuit but as many as 1800 women may has affect. The suit was originally file in 2016; but because it was denied class action status; so it was refile late last month with additional claims. ABC’s San Diego news affiliate reports that cameras capture the women undressing and record procedures including hysterectomies; also cesarean deliveries, sterilizations, and dilation and curettage after miscarriages.

In an interview with NBC, lead plaintiff Jessica Lincoln said they wonders where the recordings end up. Is there a video of me and my body, naked, exposed, vulnerable, floating around on the internet somewhere? Carla Jones says their emergency cesarean delivery was recorded. They told NBC, They have never expose in my life. they don’t know who saw these videos. They don’t know where they are, where they’ve landed, or what will happen to them.
The hospital’s parent company acknowledge in a statement that although the cameras were intend to record only individuals in front of the anesthesia carts, others, including patients and medical personnel in the operating rooms, were at times visible to the cameras and record without sound.

Patient safety and quality

Chris Howard, president and CEO of Sharp Health Care, said in the statement, “The videos in there possession are kept in a secure safe in there Security Department. They have provide copies of videos to third parties in response to legal processes or specific patient authorizations or requests. There primary concern, and will continue to be, ensuring patient safety and quality of care.

They sincerely apologize that there efforts may cause any distress to the women who record, their families, and others they serve. They can assure you this surveillance method is no longer in use. NBC reports that the recordings were allegedly “store on desktop computers without password protection. Allison Goddard, lawyer for the 81 women.

That the women first found out about the secret recordings; so when they were notify by Sharp Health Care after their images release to a third party as part of a 2016 proceeding before the Medical Board of California; also involving the physicians accuse in the drug thefts. According to NBC, the lawsuit, refile March 29 in San Diego County Superior Court; so seeks unspecified damages “for invasion of privacy, unlawful recording of confidential information; so negligent infliction of emotional distress, and breach of fiduciary duty.”