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I'm in Arizona and our practice administrator is looking to install cameras. Where can he install cameras in our medical facility?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to an AZ lawyer about this?

Not yet. It's hard to get him to change his mind once he decides on something. And he decided he want's cameras. He's from a corporate background not a medical one.

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

He has recieived a quot from a security company.

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

Not that i can think of

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
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Thanks so muchf or your patience. Generally, it is legal for an employer to install cameras in the workplace, but there are limits. One of those limits are where an employee would have a reasonable expectation of privacy. For instance, the employer cannot install them in the bathroom or locker rooms. The employer also cannot install them in a place where union workers would normally gather to find out more about union activities as well.

If they do place it in a place where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, then the employer can be on the hook for intrusion upon seclusion which is a civil action the employees could take. Thus, so long as the cameras are in places like the front desk area, the waiting area, or any common areas, even outside the building, it is fine. Bathrooms, changing rooms, or other very private areas are not.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Does HIPPA say the same?

Well, HIPPA laws requires that medical practices secure information regarding their patients so as long as the video is not being distributed to a third party without the consent of the patient, then it will be fine. Many hospitals have security cameras in the common areas and it's HIPPA compliant.

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