Information Security & Document Destruction for Healthcare

You take care of your patients. We’ll take care of protecting your and their information.

Whether you are a hospital, part of an independent doctors’ network, or a solo healthcare practitioner, the requirements and obligations regarding the collection, maintenance, and eventual destruction of personal and confidential medical information are significant. The loss or mishandling of any of that information can result in fines, penalties, and even the loss of license.

And despite everyone’s best efforts, 56% of healthcare organizations have experienced a data breach, with 29% stating a breach occurred in the past 12 months.

Source: Stericycle, Data Protection Report, 2021.

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Protecting your confidential information isn’t just a best practice; it’s the law!

Like most industries that work with private and confidential information, the healthcare sector is heavily regulated and governed. And laws designed to protect identities, medical information, financial data, and personal privacy come with strict rules – and heavy fines for violating them. We can help you stay compliant.

In addition to your industry regulations governing information privacy, here are a few of the key information security laws that also apply:

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Established to protect how patients’ health information can be used and disclosed. It governs the confidentiality of PHI and the secure destruction of any physical or digital data. Any violations are subject to fines up to $1.5 million.

Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH)

Safeguards to protect privacy and security for healthcare data and addresses concerns associated with the electronic transmission of health information. It promotes improved storage and destruction of Protected Health Information (PHI) by health care service providers and their business associates.

Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)

Ensures accuracy and privacy of consumers’ financial information and requires effective policies in the workplace to secure destruction of consumer information to prevent identity thefts and unauthorized access to the information.

Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Is an act set up for publicly traded companies to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate financial disclosures. The act also requires secure document retention and destruction – to better protect against corporate and accounting fraud.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Established to protect how patients’ health information can be used and disclosed. It governs the confidentiality of PHI and the secure destruction of any physical or digital data. Any violations are subject to fines up to $1.5 million.

Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH)

Safeguards to protect privacy and security for healthcare data and addresses concerns associated with the electronic transmission of health information. It promotes improved storage and destruction of Protected Health Information (PHI) by health care service providers and their business associates.

Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)

Ensures accuracy and privacy of consumers’ financial information and requires effective policies in the workplace to secure destruction of consumer information to prevent identity thefts and unauthorized access to the information.

Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Is an act set up for publicly traded companies to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate financial disclosures. The act also requires secure document retention and destruction – to better protect against corporate and accounting fraud.

Learn to recognize the risks.

In healthcare, it’s a safe bet that every document you or your employees handle contains some form of confidential information. Whether it’s patient records or pharmacy reports, or your own financial reports and billing data, you have a lot of information to secure.

If you create, collect, or dispose of these types of documents, you and your organization could be at-risk for an information breach.

  • Patient Insurance Information
  • Payroll and HR records
  • Supplier contracts
  • Medicaid/ACA Information
  • Financial Statements
  • Tax Filings and Internal Audits
  • Medical Invoices and Payments
  • Balance Sheets
  • Staff Schedules and Contact Info
  • X-rays and MRI Files
  • Income Statements
  • Social Security Numbers

Why Choose Shred-it as Your Go-to Paper Shredding Service?

Shred-it protects organizations' information for their people, customers and brands. With 30 years of experience, our primary focus on document confidentiality security helps ensure your confidential information remains confidential. We offer paper, hard drive, and specialty scheduled shredding services.

Service Reliability

With the largest shredding fleet and the largest service footprint in North America, we are where you are. 

Security Expertise

With the most NAID AAA certified mobile/on-site and plant-based facilities, we keep your information safe. 

Customer Experience

With the highest customer satisfaction among all vendors, we are 100% committed to your protection and satisfaction.

Don’t Leave Physical Data Vulnerable to Potential Breaches

90%

OF SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS 

surveyed indicate that it has never been harder to keep their company’s sensitive data and information safe

Only 27%

 OF SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS

surveyed said they collect and destroy sensitive materials when no longer needed1

1. Stericycle, Shred-it Data Protection Report, 2022.


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The 2022 Data Protection Report reveals critical insights on the challenges small business leaders face and recommendations to improve data security practices.