How should I dispose of confidential patient information?
The process of disposing of patient information is one that should be taken seriously. It is important to remember that you must dispose of the records in a manner that preserves the confidentiality of your patients. This involves taking reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify the personal health information of your patients.
There are service companies that offer document destruction but you need to be sure that the shredding service doesn’t let anyone see them before they’re destroyed, because if someone does manage to get their hands on what’s being shredded then you’ll have no way of knowing how any data might have been compromised in this process
How to choose the right company to destroy personal information?
The right document destruction provider will not only have access to high-quality shredders that shred paper to the minimum industry standard but will also follow security measures so you can rest assured that your information is safe from prying eyes or malicious intentions when being shredded.
Ensure they give you a certificate of destruction
A Certificate of Destruction (COD) should be included in every service providing paper shredding or media destruction. This certificate provides confirmation that your secure documents have been professionally destroyed.
If you are unsure about how to properly dispose of confidential patient information, contact us for more information. We would be happy to help you take care of this important task.