Author Elizabeth Wilmot

Data Killers Helps Hospitals Avoid HIPAA Breaches

Data Killers Helps Hospitals Avoid HIPAA Breaches

For the second time in 3 years, a major Mississippi hospital filed a HIPAA breach notice.  The source of this recent HIPAA breach is a missing laptop holding tens of thousands of patient health records.  These records contained such vital information as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, names, addresses, medications, treatments, clinical information and diagnoses from adult patients who engaged in clinical studies between 2008 and 2013.  Data destruction by Data Killers helps hospitals avoid HIPAA breaches.

Protecting customer data is a huge responsibility and is mandated by a variety of laws and regulations including HIPAA.  Data destruction is a large component of protecting customer data.  Data Killers offers a variety of services to protect information stored on laptops such as hard drive shredding, degaussing and incineration.    Our top-notch services ensure that our customers are completely compliant with an array of regulations including HIPAA, FDA Security Regulations, NSA and DoD Regulations.  Upon completion of any destruction project, Data Killers provides a nationally recognized, signed and dated Certificate of Destruction as proof of compliance.

Having data destruction performed by a trusted company, like Data Killers, ensures that no data destruction breaches will occur.  On-site hard drive shredding for large hospitals and companies and enterprise-wide is a specialty of Data Killers.

Previously in 2011, this same Mississippi hospital suffered a similar HIPAA breach.  This case was similar to the recent breach because another laptop was stolen that contained records from 1, 400 patients participating in a clinical study.  Although representatives from this Mississippi hospital consider a HIPAA breach a serious matter, the fact that these were repeated offenses is a serious cause of concern for patients, government officials, health insurance providers, hospital officials and employees.

HIPAA provisions are intended to address the security and privacy of health information.  Data Killer’s commitment to protect data and destroy obsolete data is a key component in HIPAA compliance.  Data destruction protocols and time-frames must be strictly adhered to in order to fully conform to government and corporate mandates.