All medical facilities obtain private patient information. These medical facilities will have the need to upgrade their IT equipment. Doing so requires that all information is extracted from the device so it can’t be used for identity theft or other purposes. If you own a medical facility, you likely already know just how important it is to ensure that the data must be protected under federal guidelines, including HIPAA requirements. At e-End, we help you do just that!
What Does It Mean To Be HIPAA Compliant?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) ensures that any and all Personal Identifiable Information (PII) is kept private unless otherwise stated by the patient. This means that any business or institution that gathers PII about a patient is then required to protect that information, or else you may be fined or face other legal ramifications.
HIPAA Compliant e-Waste Services
e-Waste services must also be in compliance with HIPAA requirements. Here are the services offered by e-End, and how they may pertain to the federal guideline.
When it comes to asset disposition, there are certainly various methods that may be used to destroy and otherwise wipe clean equipment that contains PII before it is available for refurbishing, reuse, or resale. In order to be in HIPAA compliance, a business must ensure that there is no longer any patient information found on the equipment that may be accessible by anyone who has unauthorized access to the equipment.
Secure Data Destruction
Secure data destruction is critical if you wish to be HIPAA compliant. Making it impossible to retrieve data goes the final step in ensuring that nobody has access to patient information when the equipment leaves your facility.
While some people may assume that damaging equipment or erasing data means that it’s gone forever, degaussing makes sure that all data is completely wiped clean. This process sanitizes all magnetic storage media, such as hard drives, floppy disks, and magnetic tapes preventing anyone to have access to the data.
Electronics recycling is an excellent choice when it comes to preserving our environment. Once the equipment is ready to be recycled, it no longer has any valuable data left on it. This ensures that nobody can obtain any patient-sensitive data, thus rendering your business HIPAA compliant.
Hard Drive Shredding
It takes more than erasing data on a hard drive. To truly know that there is no patient information left behind, you must complete hard drive shredding. Completing this process guarantees that there is no information left to be found.
Speak To Experienced e-Waste Specialists
Do you have a company that collects sensitive patient information? Allow us to make sure that your e-waste is handled properly while adhering to HIPAA guidelines. Please reach out to us at e-End to learn more about the services that we offer by giving us a call at 240.713.5855 or get a quote online today. We are here to help streamline this process for you!