Secure Document Alliance Explains HIPAA

Established in 1996 and mandated as a federal law, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act) was created to help deter fraud and protect the privacy of patients in the health care industry. Essentially, the act states all health care organizations across the U.S implement and maintain the necessary safeguards to prevent unintentional disclosure of private patient information.

Under HIPAA conditions, patient information from the past, present and future needs to remain protected at all times. Materials that contain such private details may include patient histories, notes, forms, logs, and any additional records that contain personal information and in the possession of a healthcare institution.

Who does HIPAA Affect?

All healthcare providers in the U.S, regardless of their size, must have procedures and policies that clearly indicate there are appropriate steps in place to prevent the disclosure of patient information.  In the event of an audit, it’s vital that you are implementing procedures that ultimately protect personal information from being accessed by unauthorized personnel. This is applicable to hospitals, medical centers, chiropractors, dentists, psychologists, psychiatrists and additional industries that hold personal health information.

SDA Helps to Keep You HIPAA Compliant

When you ensure old medical documents are placed in lockable bins, there is no possibility of exposing patient records. SDA will provide you with secure shred bins to place throughout your medical office. These will also act as a reminder to your employees to securely dispose of all potentially sensitive material. With the use of our state-of-the-art technology, backed by experts in the document destruction industry, we’ll assist your company in remaining compliant with HIPAA shredding requirements year after year.

At SDA, you have the option of viewing the paper shredding process from beginning to end for your peace of mind. The SDA will also present you with a Certificate of Destruction upon completion of every shred job, in which the date, time, and the secure destruction process is in writing. Trust the SDA to look after your document security management, with solutions that are professional and reliable.

Feel free to contact us for more details in regards to HIPAA, and tips for additional security surrounding patient information.  For more information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), visit: (include a link to either HIPPA website, or a page within the SDA’s site with more info on HIPPA)

The SDA offers national shredding and recycling programs that are cost-effective, secure, and environmentally friendly.  To learn more about our national paper shredding and recycling policies offered, please contact us anytime: Secure Document Alliance, 1.801.886.9760

Posted Feb 4, 2014 by admin