The Importance of HIPAA Compliance and How ProTek Can Help
Did you know that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has three primary rules?
To protect and serve the public, HIPAA created three standard guidelines also known as the privacy, security, and breach notification rules. These national standards protect individuals’ medical records and other personal information. This means businesses that disclose health information without a patient’s consent or knowledge could face large fines of up to $1.5 million dollars as well as other large consequences, terminations, sanctions, criminal charges, and imprisonment.
Learn what you need to know about HIPAA Compliance and how ProTek Recycling can help you. Let’s get started.
Do HIPAA Rules Apply to My Business?
If you’re an organization that’s considered a covered entity and/or business associate, HIPAA Compliance Rules apply. Covered entities are health plans, health care clearinghouses, or health plan providers who electronically transmit health information in connection with transactions for which HHS has adopted standards. Meanwhile, business associates help entities carry out all their health care activities and functions, which involve the use or disclosure of protected health information on behalf of, or provides services to, a covered entity. An example of a business associate that must follow HIPAA Compliance could be a third-party administrator that assists a health plan with claims processing.
How do HIPAA Rules Apply to My Business?
As a covered entity or business associate, you must apply specific administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of protected health information (PHI). Therefore, under HIPAA’s security rule, it’s your duty to follow HIPAA Compliance policies and procedures to properly dispose of your electronic or paper records, including hardware, electronic media, and other sensitive materials. That’s where ProTek Recycling can help.
How Can ProTek Help My Business Follow HIPAA Compliance?
Currently, health entities are not permitted to dispose of PHI in dumpsters or other containers that are publicly accessible. This means most health care services must determine their own circumstances to best determine how to dispose of PHI. You can make this process easier by securing your business’s digital assets with ProTek Recycling.
If you’re a business located in NYC, Boston, or Albany, it’s time you start maintaining the integrity and total protection of PHI with ProTek Recycling’s computer recycling and data destruction services. We offer unrecoverable data destruction services that ensure your patients’ personal data is properly erased and destroyed. We also provide you with a Certification of Destruction that has a detailed serial number you can use for your records. So, when you need proper documentation from HIPAA, you can easily show you’ve destroyed sensitive information and are maintaining HIPAA Compliance.
What HIPAA Compliance Services Does ProTek Offer?
ProTek offers five HIPAA Compliance services that help your company securely recycle electronics and destroy data. Privacy, Security, Enforcement, Breach Notification and Omnibus. We work with Privacy, Security and Enforcement. As of now, we offer full-range electronics recycling, unrecoverable data destruction, fully documented recycling, stellar customer service, and local, state, and federal data and recycling compliance. All of these services permanently destroy any personally identifiable data under HIPAA Compliance.
Need HIPAA Compliant Services: Contact the Experts
When you need to protect your business and reduce risk, contact us. As the experts in electronic recycling and data destruction, we can help your NYC, Boston, or Albany business properly dispose of your electronics under HIPAA Compliance.