Media Destruction and HIPAA Compliance

Nearly all U.S. health care providers must operate according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which includes protecting all sensitive patient data. With government and insurance reimbursements on the line, health providers initiated the process of digitizing their records and converted to electronic creation, management, transmission and storage of patient records. Data security now comprises a critical aspect of the business of health care.

While the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), the monitors of HIPAA compliance, offers no specifics on how data should be destroyed when the electronic components storing the information reach the end of their useful life, health providers must eliminate patient data in such a way as to render it unreadable and unrecoverable. Several options exist to accomplish this, with some more secure than others.

Computer hard drives, CDs and solid state storage equipment could be overwritten or erased, but if improperly accomplished, a determined data thief, using forensic methods, potentially could retrieve important data from the apparatuses. The most secure method is total on-site media destruction of the devices containing the information. The second best method is to ship the units via a bonded courier to a trusted, certified destruction facility and receive a certificate of destruction when the job is complete.

Phiston Technologies is the leader in innovative machines designed to completely destroy data on-site to forestall any data breaches. With products available for both HDD and SSD destruction that can be used on a desktop or mounted in a server rack, any health provider or data server catering to the health industry can have instant access to 40,000 pounds of crushing, mangling force within their own facility. Because all Phiston machines are designed to be compact, quick, safe and hands-off, it’s quite easy to use our powerful media destroyers.

For more information about our products and high-security data destruction service, please contact us today.

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