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One easy solution for Hospitals to comply with HIPAA

Over the past several years, advances in technology for medical and lab equipment have been exploding, rendering new-ish, cutting edge equipment obsolete often before there is time for wear and tear. So where does the out-of-network technology go when its taken its last breath to make room for the even more cutting edge equipment? There are solutions to keeping all this metal and plastic out of the waste stream and comply with regulations set forth by HIPAA.

In addition to medical equipment, hospitals also generate other types of electronic waste such as out-of-use computers, monitors, copy machines and a host of other items referred to as e-Waste. Most importantly, these types of electronic waste do require secure handling of the sensitive data that is contained on their hard drives and other data containing devices.

Photo by renjith krishnan

Photo by renjith krishnan

Hospitals do seem to be cognizant of the piles of un-needed apparatus, and do make attempts to find solutions for proper disposal. Many often turn to asset re-sellers, who buy out-of-use equipment and sell them on the secondary market. But is it safe to give these materials to un-certified vendors who may not comply with HIPAA regulations?

It is crucial that hospitals turn to certified, and secure electronics recyclers who have the ability to handle all of the different types of e-Waste, and to be able to destroy the data contained on electronic devices in line with the standards set forth by R2/RIOS, as well as to comply with the standards set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

What is HIPAA? In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or the HIPAA was endorsed by the U.S. Congress. The HIPAA Privacy Rule, also called the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, provided the first nationally-recognizable regulations for the use/disclosure of an individual’s health information. Essentially, the Privacy Rule defines how covered entities use individually-identifiable health information or the PHI (Personal Health Information). Hospitals and health care facilities of all kinds must comply with these regulations.

Hospitals must consider their large amount of electronics waste and examine secure, safe solutions for handling all of these out-of-use assets. Hospitals need to look for a vendor that offers secure and certified IT Life Cycle Management services, who also offer strategic solutions for the handling of off network technology.

If you are looking for a certified, safe solution to properly and securely dispose of ALL of these different types of e-Waste, turn to PCS of Massachusetts. They are skilled in handling the vast amounts e-Waste generated by hospitals, and provide secure on-site destruction of hard drives and other data-containing devices; while also offering effective and strategic asset re-marketing solutions.

PCS is R2/RIOS certified and meets/exceeds the regulations put forth by not only HIPAA, but by the Department of Defense (DoD), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).