Health Care Regulations Create Need for Data Destruction Franchise
Strict medical record regulations drive need for bullet-proof data destruction practices
The security of patient records, medical transactions and intellectual property for pharmaceutical and medical patents in the health-care industry is among the highest of priorities in the world of data security.
With HIPPA came accountability
Our partners can, and do, serve the health-care industry with our proprietary data destruction services, particularly with the recent — and very strict — government HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations. When those new health-care regulations were enacted in the late ’90s, civil and criminal penalties were established for those who shared “identifiable” health information.
Paper records are fairly easily disposed of by shredding, but now that patient records are becoming digital, new solutions are needed. Hundreds of thousands of medical records can be kept on a single computer.
Hackers can get in to old hard drives and use sensitive information for their own gains. According to the Center for Health Reporting, “Thieves, hackers and careless workers have breached the medical privacy of nearly 32 million Americans since 2009.” And big insurance companies could be on the hook for millions and millions of dollars when a data breach occurs. The irony is that many companies put a lot of effort into protecting data — right up until the data leaves the building on an old hard drive. Companies are learning the hard way that simply reformatting a drive to “erase” data doesn’t really erase a thing. Most of the data is recoverable if you know what you’re doing, which hackers certainly do. That’s why, increasingly, companies are turning to certified data destruction experts like Securis to ensure that old hard drives can’t give up any secrets.
Why a big health-care company would choose Securis
Health-care organizations such as hospitals and insurance companies require security solutions, such as those of Securis, to protect sensitive medical information and to prevent fraud and network breaches while complying with regulations.
There are two main ways to destroy digital data, and we use them both. The first is called “degaussing” and involves high-powered magnets that demagnetize a mechanical hard drive, scrambling digital data and making it unrecoverable. That step alone is enough to meet most data security standards, but we go a step further. We put the hard drives through an electronic media shredder, which chews them into tiny pieces. That process meets or exceeds all federal government regulations, including those of the Department of Defense.
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Our system is carefully designed and is certified by regulatory groups and federal agencies. As a franchisee, you receive a proven process for handling highly sensitive data — a process that allows you to compete for business from the biggest companies and organizations in the world. Learn more about our company on our research pages, or download our free franchise report.