Proper disposal of protected health information

In order to protect the health information privacy of policy holders, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 requires “covered entities” to safely dispose of protected health information (PHI).

  • PHI records that are printed on paper should be properly destroyed through burning, shredding, pulverizing or pulping before disposal.
  • PHI records that are stored in digital media storage like hard drives should be completely eliminated through purging, media overwriting, or any other means to destroy hard drive disks.
  • Other traces of PHI records like those found in plastic bags and prescription bottles may be transferred to a legitimate disposal vendor for destruction.

The HIPAA prohibits covered entities from discarding PHI records by simply throwing them into garbage cans that could be accessed by other people.

The legal team of the Hankey Law Office understands that many Indiana policy holders are being denied their much needed benefits after their HIPAA rights have been violated. If you think that you have a HIPAA claim, immediately call our office today at 800-520-3633 to find out how we may work for you.