"Smart" Patient Rooms - Big Brother Comes to the Hospital?

General Electric will begin testing a "smart patient room" system soon. The technology was originally developed for security groups to scan public crowds for suspicious behavior. The "smart room"  tracks in real time using cameras that analyze movements. GE uses the example of hand-washing as a practice the "smart" room system will track citing the high rate of hospital acquired infections in the U.S. Other uses for include tracking visits from physicians, nurses and other health care providers. While this may be the future of health-care, there will be many questions about it. How will these records be used in litigation? Will the patient have access to these films? Will they be considered part of the the patient record? How will privacy be maintained?