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Open (structurally) office ok?

April 14, 2016


Question:

Jennifer, 


As a dentist, I do not have to worry about people disrobing or anything.  Would it be ok if I opened up the space and had chairs spaced, but not behind doors or walls?  I would like the feel of the office to be open and airy.  

Thoughts?  
Thanks, Dr. L


Answer:

Dr. L, this sounds nice, but I view as a major HIPAA violation.  HIPAA protects any "individually identifiable information" which includes a face, voice (potentially), and more. Having patients share an open space would not only have identity open, but also diagnosis and conversation about dental health. While a nice idea, in theory, I must advise against adopting as practice. May I suggest a Feng Sui consult at your home instead?

 


 
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