HIPAA Compliant Computer Recycling & Data Destruction
Servicing NYC | Boston, MA | Albany, NY | Watervliet, NY & the Capital Region
ID Theft is nothing new and the prevalence of it seems to have grown as the digital industries have grown. More people are connected digitally than ever before. And with the mass digital connections, medical identity theft is a major problem.
HIPAA Rules and Laws to Prevent Private Information from Becoming Public
The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects people in many ways. Some of those rules involve the way doctors and hospitals handle patient data digitally. As more laws push doctors and hospitals to move patient data to digital storage and digital access points, it is more critical than ever to protect the identities, rights, and information about those patients. Health entities must implement reasonable safeguards to limit incidental, and avoid prohibited, uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI), including in connection with the disposal of such information.
Health entities are not permitted to dispose of PHI in dumpsters or other containers that are accessible by the public. While the Privacy and Security Rules do not require a particular disposal method, those in the healthcare industry must evaluate their own circumstances to determine a reasonable method to safeguard PHI through disposal. Information such as name, social security number, driver’s license number, debit or credit card number, diagnosis, treatment information, or other sensitive information require the most secure level of data destruction due to risk of identity theft.
To maintain the integrity and ensure total protection of PHI, ProTek Recycling adheres to HIPAA computer recycling and data destruction. Our efforts and data destruction processes help to diminish the concern for medical identity theft.
Computer Recycling and the Healthcare Industry
Computers, tablets, servers, and more often become obsolete or break. Just like consumers are lawfully required to dispose of electronics in the right ways, doctors, hospitals, and the healthcare industries need to be doubly diligent to dispose of electronics in a manner that protects the public and their healthcare records.
Computers, monitors, CRTs, LCD monitors/TVs contain types of hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, even chlorinated plastics. When these obsolete components are improperly discarded, they inevitably become toxic e-waste. The side effects of dangerous materials are astounding, especially when considering many of these toxins can make their way into surrounding areas which leads to water and land contamination.
Permanently Destruction of Personally Identifiable Data
At ProTek, not only do we recycle computers and electronics in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly manners, but we offer unrecoverable data destruction so that you and your patients can be rest-assured that personal data is not only erased, but destroyed. Proper documentation is a requirement of HIPAA. All electronics and digital records leaving the organization needs to be inventoried and recorded to establish a proper chain-of-custody. We provide you with a Certificate of Destruction with detailed serial number report for your records.
- Full-range electronics recycling
- Unrecoverable data destruction
- Fully-documented recycling
- Stellar customer service
- Local, State, and federal data and recycling compliance