Author Elizabeth Wilmot

HIPAA Regulations Require Secure Data Destruction

HIPAA Regulations Require Secure Data Destruction

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was originally enacted with the intent to protect health coverage of workers who change or lose their jobs.  Since then, HIPAA has evolved and now plays a very important role in how Electronic Health Records (EHR) are stored, transferred, and destroyed – all in an effort to maintain privacy and guard against personal medical information theft.  HIPAA’s regulations apply to anyone that has access to medical information, medical insurance records, and stored client data. This includes, hospitals, medical insurance providers, and government offices that deal with any sort of medical records.  HIPAA Regulations Require Secure Data Destruction.

Under the HIPAA Security Physical Safeguard standards, HIPAA addresses the transferring and elimination of medical information. This is an extremely important clause as it outlines the specific steps that a company or government entity must take in order to securely destroy patient information or other medical records.  Anyone who stores and transfers medical information must have in place a thorough data destruction plan for the disposal of hard drives, tapes, or other electronics that may have held sensitive medical information. This plan should include: computer destruction, hard drive shredding, and tape shredding.

Turtle Wings / Data Killers offers mobile on-site hard drive shredding services nationwide that are in full compliance with HIPAA’s standards and regulations.  Turtle Wings / Data Killers services hospitals, insurance providers, doctor’s offices, government offices, and anyone who falls under the purview of HIPPA’s data destruction regulations.   The mobile hard drive and tape shred trucks used by Turtle Wings / Data Killers are designed to shred any type of material from hard drives and tapes to products and equipment down to tiny unrecoverable particles.