There are certain items protected under HIPAA laws when it comes to hospital records. These documents include: notes, forms, patient histories, logs, billing and insurance information, and any records that contain personal information. HIPAA states that these items must “maintain reasonable and appropriate, technical, and physical safeguards to prevent intentional or unintentional use or disclosure of protected health information.”
Protected Health Information (PHI)
Protected health information, or PHI, includes patient information that cannot be disclosed to unauthorized individuals or improperly disposed of. PHI includes:
- Birth Date
- Social Security Number
- Patient Medical Condition
- How The Medical Care Was Paid For
- What Kind of Medical Care Was Received
All healthcare providers are required to have documented policies in place that outline what measures will be taken to keep PHI safe and secure. Hospitals, medical centers, doctors, dentists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and even insurance and collection agencies must abide by HIPAA laws.
Southern New Jersey Medical Record Shredding
With HIPAA in place, any medical professional who throws away an item considered to be PHI can face major consequences, along with the facility that they work for. In order to avoid hefty fines or a lost career, all professionals in the medical industry must be mindful of how PHI items are disposed of. If any information is compromised due to poor policies, the entire facility can be affected and fines levied.
In order to help facilities stay on top of the regular disposal of medical records, PROSHRED® Southern New Jersey provides secure medical record shredding services. With these services, medical facilities and other establishments required to abide by HIPAA laws can eliminate unnecessary labor costs while also ensuring that the privacy of their patients remains protected. Our mobile shred trucks are equipped to handle shred jobs of any size, so whether you need to purge a considerable load of patient records, or are interested in on-going shredding, we have the solutions you need.
Comply with HIPAA by using PROSHRED®
At PROSHRED® Southern New Jersey, we work with a variety of industries on a regular basis. We know better than most just how stressful compliance can be, and we want to eliminate headaches when we can. Our medical record shredding services are carried out by certified individuals who are specifically trained to maintain the privacy of the information contained in your documents. All of the items in our shred jobs are heavily monitored, so there is no risk of a security breach. As proof of your HIPAA compliance, PROSHRED® will give you a Certificate of Destruction at the end of your shred job upon request.
PROSHRED® Southern New Jersey is here for all of your medical record shredding needs. If you want to stay on top of your document disposal with on-going shredding, we have secure shred bins that can be easily integrated into your facility. Contact us today to learn more: 856-336-2820.