Choosing the Right Company for Medical Records Shredding
The handling of sensitive, medical records and their destruction is a primary consideration to ensure compliance with current HIPAA regulations.
Medical Documents and HIPAA Regulations
HIPAA, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, defines policies and guidelines designed to protect the security and privacy of individual health information. This includes but is not limited to medical records and a patient’s payment history.
HIPAA specifies that when handling medical records:
If destruction/disposal services are contracted, the contract shall:
- Specify the method of destruction/disposal.
- Specify the time that will elapse between acquisition and destruction/disposal of data/media.
- Establish safeguards against breaches in confidentiality.
- Provide proof of destruction/disposal.
HIPAA and the Appropriate Disposal of a Patient’s Medical Files
The handling and thorough destruction of documents and media regulated by HIPAA standards are a priority for any doctor, clinic, hospital or federal agency. Allow us to manage your compliance needs when it comes to the secure elimination of sensitive, medical data.
Proven in the field of compliance management, Secure Document Destruction of St. Louis guarantees discreet, complete destruction of all regulated material. Contact us today.
Dignity Health provides further information on the proper handling and disposal of medical records under HIPAA regulations, or rather, how not to handle patient records: “Entities may not dispose of records in a dumpster or in other containers accessible by the public or unauthorized persons in general unless they have, again, been rendered unreadable and unable to be reconstructed.”
In particular, an organization that maintains your medical documents may not simply throw them away, unsecured. Choosing a proven company like Secure Document Destruction of St. Louis ensures you will adhere to all HIPAA regulations and standards by allowing us to handle all of your sensitive document disposal needs.
Secure Document Destruction of St. Louis (SDDStL) is an onsite shredding company specializing in the secured destruction of information on paper, hard drives and other media.
Our onsite data destruction services range from Route Service, One-time Service and Purge services depending on your needs.
Located in St. Louis, MO, SDDStL services the city of St. Louis and the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, Warren, Lincoln, St. Francois, and Perry. We also provide service in areas of Illinois including Monroe County, Madison County, St. Clair County, and Randolph County.
Locally owned and operated, Secure Document Destruction of St. Louis believes security is paramount to your business or institution. Contact us today for your data destruction needs.