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...

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...

Boulder Community Hospital Stumped

The folks at Boulder Community Hospital seem baffled on how to protect their patients private information. First they had them sitting in unlocked bins outside and they were stolen. Now they have them in locked bins outside and ran stories in the newspaper to let every identity thief in...

Medical Identity Theft

As the nation debates Health care reform one way to cut costs is to eliminate waste. One source is through medical identity theft. This breaks down into five basic types: Friends and Family. An insured person gives his insurance card to an un-insured friend or relative to get medical...

Dental Records Found Abandoned

More proof that personal records are toxic waste. A dentist in Houston stored his customer records at a storage facility. I am sure he hasn’t upgraded to a records storage center due to the costs. However, he is still responsible to store medical records for years, even if they...