Why Data Destruction is So Important for Hospitals

December 31st, 2018

General

Modernization affects hospitals just as it affects the rest of the world. With growth in technology and new forms of data housing being produced year after year, hospitals and other healthcare facilities are encouraged to keep up with systems that streamline internal operations and allow for faster patient treatment.

When this new influx of technology overtakes the old, outdated technology of the past, hospitals need to be proactive about ensuring that the destruction of old data is performed with patient protection in mind.

Information Housing

Hospital data centers house confidential information about thousands of patients, their health statuses, payment histories, and more. Because this information is so vast and potentially damaging, it’s crucial for hospitals to protect their patient’s data, whether it be in files, discs, SIM cards, hard drives, or other data sources, when merging or upgrading data management software or physical data housing.

Depending on the needs of our clients, we can recycle outdated equipment and come to terms with a consignment agreement. This agreement will allow us to sell old computers, servers, and systems on your behalf while making sure that your reputation will never be in jeopardy.

Fines Per Violation

If the fact that old databases from hospitals and other healthcare facilities contain confidential, potentially damaging information about individuals who frequent them wasn’t enough to encourage hospitals to dispose of data appropriately, it’s important to note that hospitals can be fined huge sums of money for not disposing of their data appropriately.

In fact, it is not uncommon for many hospitals to face a fine of $50,000 per violation of unsafe data destruction practices. These fines are generally capped at $1.5 million per year, but the bad press and damaged reputation that comes with these violations can cost facilities much more.

HIPAA-Compliant Data Destruction

At Keystone Technology Management, we ensure that our data destruction practices for hospitals are compliant with HIPAA standards, keeping both you and your patients safe. With our services, you can rest assured knowing that your reputation will never be put on the line, and your data will be disposed of safely and securely.

Call today for more information about how we can help keep your business safe!