Data security is the top priority for any healthcare organization, from hospitals to primary care physicians, and everyone in-between. With the addition of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) also known as electronic medical records, it’s never been easier to share patient information from facility to facility. But this addition also makes it harder to protect the patient’s information under the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Under HIPAA, all patient healthcare records including EHRs and paper forms must be protected from theft or hacking. When consulting with an IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) partner, the first and foremost question should be about their data protection and data destruction methods. Do they follow and stay compliant with all HIPAA, DoD, and NIST laws and regulations regarding data destruction? Do they sanitize every data-bearing device then shred it to ensure data security?
Not to be overlooked, but printers, scanners, copiers, blood glucose machines, and even vital sign machines can contain patient medical information. All these devices need to be properly sanitized or destroyed in accordance with HIPAA laws and regulations.
If your organization has lab equipment that needs to be electronically recycled, you must state this upfront to your ITAD/Electronics Recycling Solution provider. Most recyclers require that all medical or lab equipment is sanitized before entering their facility. What does this mean? Basically, cleaning the machine of any biohazardous fluids including saliva, blood, hair follicles, etc. This ensures a clean, sterile environment for the proper recycling of those machines. It’s always best to ask an ITAD partner up-front what material they will and will not procure.
Choosing an ITAD partner with a strict chain-of-custody and ERP system is essential when it comes to audits. R2 certified recyclers like SMR has a zero-landfill policy so all electronics are responsibly recycled curbing the electronic waste problem across the globe. SMR has a dedicated team of sales specialists that are constantly monitoring global markets for your IT Assets, making sure you receive top dollar.
At SMR, we partner with healthcare facilities for IT Assets and Electronics Recycling material including:
- Cell Phones
- Computers (desktops & laptops)
- Copiers & Printers
- EKG Machines
- Laboratory Testing Equipment
- IV Pumps
- MRI, Ultrasound, X-Ray Machines
- TV’s & Monitors
- Vital Sign Machines
- And more, just ask!!!