Medical Records are protected by federal law- it’s important to be sure that you secure and properly destroy patient medical records to avoid penalties and persecution.

Learn more about what steps your practice needs to take to ensure you comply with HIPAA and FACTA, and read recent stories of some of the consequences involved with improper handling of medical records.

Properly Shredding Your Medical Records

Medical Records can contain some of your most personal information, including name, address, account numbers, health plan numbers, and most crucial, social security numbers. If any of this information landed in the wrong hands, your entire world could be flipped upside down and the repair of the damage done...

Electronic Health Records (EHRs): Defending Against Data Breaches

Often used interchangeably with the term electronic medical record (EMR), electronic health records (EHRs) are the culmination of recent advancements in electronic information and data storage. Able to create a more simplified method of storing, managing, and sharing patient health information, many healthcare providers and hospitals have implemented EHRs...

Protecting Paper Medical Records from Abuse and Misuse

Due to the massive amount of personally identifiable information (PII) that paper medical records contain, identity thieves often salivate at the possibility of laying their hands on these sensitive documents. Used for a number of nefarious wrongdoings such as falsely collecting health benefits, obtaining credit, or even selling personal...

What Should I Do With Old Pill Bottles?

Personally identifiable information (PII) is defined as any information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify and individual in context. People are pretty protective when it comes to their PII, as they should be....

How to Shred Medical Records Under HIPAA

Lack of file space and volumes of information are just a couple of issues that create labor-intensive maintenance processes for retrieval of medical records. This is one of the main reasons to implement a record retention plan. As new technology and media are developed and implemented, many organizations have health information that resides...

Why You Need to Shred Patient Records Properly

Protecting a patient’s personal information is of the utmost importance for medical offices and pharmacies.  Maintaining and disposing of patient records has been a hot-button issue, and violating  HIPAA Privacy Rules can result in settlements than can be hundreds of thousands of dollars. Take one of the more recent...

Shredding Your Medical Records

We all know just how important it is to shred our secure documents.  There are quite a few different consequences for not properly handling our records when it comes to their destruction.  One of the most important types of files that need to be destroyed are medical records.  When...

X-Ray Shredding

If you are a medical practice then it is likely you are deluged with calls from people wanting to buy your x-rays. The reason for the increase is simple to explain. The silver market has exploded over the last few years. Silver is used in electronics and solar panels so the...

Health Records Dumped in Saskatchewan

In the last month there are been five cases of patient records turning up in dumpsters. The problems came to the public’s attention when thousands of records were discovered in a dumpster in Regina last March 23rd. Since then there have been three additional reports submitted to Gary Dickson,...

Medical Records Must Be Shredded

Many doctors are taking advantage of the money provided by the Stimulus Package and scanning their records into Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The just need to make sure that the paper records get disposed of properly. A medical office in Tampa thought they could get away with just leaving...