Medical Records Shredding
Healthcare professionals know the importance of handling patient medical records and documents with complete regard for patient privacy. Not only is it the ethical thing to do, it is US Federal Law to handle patient medical records and document – known as protected health information – under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. In order to remain compliant with HIPAA regulations, medical professionals are required to make sure this protected medical information be properly and securely destroyed before disposal.
Anybody working in the healthcare industry is entrusted with an individual’s sensitive and confidential information, which must be handled with care and in compliance with both Federal and State laws. This is why it is absolutely necessary to trust your shredding needs to a competent, experienced shredding company that understands the laws, security, and compliance regulations that comes with such sensitive material. As a medical professional, you need to handle your patients’ records with the same care and professionalism as you do with their healthcare needs.
WHAT TYPES OF MEDICAL OFFICES AND RECORDS DO YOU SHRED?
We shred records for all types of healthcare professionals, including doctors and their offices, hospitals, walk-in clinics, chiropractors, nursing homes, dentists, psychiatrists, massage therapists, counselors, veterinarians, and many other healthcare organizations that have anything that references a patient. All of these types of physicians and professionals rely on Global Document Services to protect their patient documents by shredding them in compliance with HIPAA.
In today’s digital world, medical professionals convert their files to electronic format, which leaves you with a pile of confidential patient records that need to be destroyed. Every kind of patient record can be shredded, including compact discs and x-rays. Often times x-rays are overlooked as a vital source of patient information and aren’t protected with as much care, and because of that, thieves often target x-rays. Make sure to utilize a trusted document shredding service which has security and safety processes in place, such as Global Document Services, when looking to discard of medical records.
HIPAA VIOLATIONS ARE EXPENSIVE
Penalties for noncompliance are based on the level of negligence and can range from $100 – $50,000 per violation (or per record). HIPAA violations are broken down into four categories: from accidental to willful neglect with no attempt made to correct the violation. While we know that medical professionals do everything in their power to make sure that they are compliant with both State and Federal laws, sometimes mistakes happen, and this can be costly. Even a Category 1 violation can be upwards of $50,000 in total. By contracting with Global Document Services to handle your medical records shredding, you can avoid fines like this, now and in the future.
GET A FREE QUOTE FOR YOUR MEDICAL DOCUMENT SHREDDING NEEDS
As a busy medical professional, you don’t have time to make sure PHI documents are disposed of according to government regulations. Let Global Document Services handle this for you. Please reach out to us for a FREE quote on your shredding needs.. Global Document Services is here to help you with whatever you may need, so please fill out our quote form to the right or contact us directly by calling (800) 472-9716.