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I work for a psychiatrist is at a HIPPA violation to have your cell phone out and texting or just looking looking at their phones

Lawyer's Assistant: Because traffic laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Texas

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

Texas

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No but there was a memo sent out by the doctor to not have our phones out at any time

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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 8 months ago
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It is not a HIPAA violation, in and of itself, to have a cellphone out at work, so long as it is not recording or transmitting confidential healthcare information.

However, while the statute does not specifically prohibit your cellphone usage at work, the employer is free to implement policies to protect the patient's confidential information. So, if the employer feels a need to implement such a policy, it is not illegal.

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