Medical Document Destruction, HIPAA and Safety
You Need To Adapt As HIPAA Adapts
A Reuters article in September of 2014 sounded the alarm on the theft of digital medical records, asserting that, “Your medical information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market.” Needless to say, medical document destruction is VERY important.
Citing an ease of the ability to break into the networks, and largely blaming the problem on billing and medicare fraud, it tried to raise awareness to the serious nature of how personal data is being stored by medical and healthcare agencies and offices. Stored, but not necessarily as protected as many people might like.
The problem is only going to become greater, as healthcare providers have been incentivized to turn to EHRs (Electronic Health Records) to help achieve regulatory compliance. In turn, hackers will look for new ways to access and get their hands on the private, valuable data.
It’s important that you have the technology to deal with the coming changes, but don’t allow that to let your physical information destruction slip.
On the U.S. Department of Health and Human services website, there is an explanation of how to properly protect electronic data, according to HIPAA. It’s important to become familiar with these rules and act accordingly.
How Can We Help Achieve HIPAA Compliance?
Wisconsin HIPAA Laws are supposed to help patients protect their information from misuse or unsafe storage methods. To be perfectly safe, you should know what the law says about your industry, as well as have an in-depth plan to keep stored records safe.
Types Of Offices We’ve Worked For:
- Home Care Agencies
- Nursing Homes
We have experience serving medical offices and entities located in Twin Lakes, Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, and the lower half of Milwaukee and Waukesha, Wisconsin. If you need someone to physically perform onsite medical record destruction, or help achieve compliance through hard drive destruction, contact us today.