Health Insurance Portability And Accountability ActHIPAA, a federal law enacted in 1996, requires health care organization to “maintain reasonable and appropriate, technical, and physical safeguards to prevent intentional or unintentional use or disclosure of protected health information.” The protected health information refers to all individually identifiable health information held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral.
Individually identifiable health information is information, including demographic data, that relates to:
and that identifies the individual or for which there is a reasonable basis to believe it can be used to identify the individual.
Does HIPAA Apply To You?HIPAA applies to health care providers, health plans and health care clearinghouses in the United States.
Does HIPAA Have Teeth?Section 1177 of the Act Outlines Criminal Penalties for non-compliance.
A person who knowingly obtains or discloses individually identifiable health information in violation of the Privacy Rule may face a criminal penalty of up to $50,000 and up to one-year imprisonment. The criminal penalties increase to $100,000 and up to five years imprisonment if the wrongful conduct involves false pretenses, and to $250,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment if the wrongful conduct involves the intent to sell, transfer, or use identifiable health information for commercial advantage, personal gain or malicious harm. The Department of Justice is responsible for criminal prosecutions under the Privacy Rule.
What To Do?Don't get caught being careless with your customers sensitive information. Smarter Shredding can help you secure all confidential documents until it's time for your regular shredding service. At that time, we can securely shred and destroy all of your customers confidential documents, including paper documents, cd's, dvd's, thumb drives, computer backups, hard drives and any other format you may have stored this information on.
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Smarter Shredding has streamlined the process and simplified everything. We adhere to the most secure shredding process available, shortening the chain of custody, and reducing risk of loss or theft to as close to 0% as possible. How? All your documents are placed into a secure 96 gallon cart and then immediately taken to our trucks to be shredded. Our secure process ensures 100% destruction every single time. It's fast, easy, and ridiculously affordable.