There are many ways to protect patient privacy and shredding health information documents is one of the primary ways you can do this at your facility. Taking the steps below while also following applicable laws will keep your patient health information private. Your patients trust that you will handle their personal information in a responsible manner. Keep their trust and follow the steps below.
Shred the Right Documents
To shred, or not to shred- that is the question.When in doubt, shred instead of trash. However, there should be a protocol in place telling you what to shred and when.Anything with personal patient information, test results, or financial information should never be just thrown away- it should be shredded.
There should be no question for employees of when to shred a document. Patient documents must be kept for a certain amount of time, depending on the document, and after that, must be disposed of properly.When you have clear and consistent procedures in place for document shredding, you can be assured you are properly taking care of your patient’s confidential information.
Reliable Shredding Company
A reputable, reliable shredding company is essential to properly handling patient health information.You wouldn’t give away documents to just anyone- do your research to ensure the company you choose is trustworthy and has a proven track record. You can also help the environment when you shred documents and choose a shredding company that recycles destroyed documents instead of dumping them in a landfill. A security and environmentally conscious company is the perfect choice to help meet your needs for properly shredded patient health information.
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