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Tri-Star Protects Your PHI: Data Security for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare is one of the most sensitive and regulated industries in the world and for good reason. PHI, or Protected Health Information, is confidential and sensitive information between the patients and their primary care physician team.

What is PHI?

Protected Health Information (PHI) is an all-encompassing term applied to health data at HIPAA-covered entities. For our purposes, that is health data that is electronically created and stored on your computer hardware and systems. It expands beyond healthcare service organizations to those participating in healthcare operations and payment systems.

HIPAA applies to protected health information that by definition, “Relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; the provision of health care to an individual; or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to an individual”. Your electronic patient data includes, but might not be limited to, that which is created and maintained in electronic media (on your computer system) and that has been transmitted electronically by email or fax.

How Tri-Star Electronics Recycling Protects Your Data

With full reporting on data destruction, Chain of Custody, HDD security, and adherence to strict HIPAA regulations, TSR is an industry leader in the servicing of our nation’s hospitals and healthcare facilities. We will work with you to tailor a solution to protect your patient’s data and make sure it is responsibly handled and destroyed forever.

Data Destruction

TSR offers comprehensive data destruction services. We apply industry-leading solutions to your PHI data needs to include both data shredding and wiping capabilities, as well as meeting the documentation standards required by the NIST.

Chain of Custody

At TSR our focus is chain of custody integrity. Our team of professionals’ arrival at your business, remove your equipment and transport it directly to our facilities. Strict access controls to the storage area with badge-in/badge-out entries with limited access for approved personnel only and video surveillance.

HDD Security

Our video surveillance meets the highest standards of security camera hard-disc drive (HDD) security. This provides security for your materials around the clock and allows for on-site storage for surveillance footage. This on-site storage provides not only increased security for your data but helps maintain the chain of custody mentioned above.

HIPAA regulations that apply to medical data

In recent years, as healthcare information continues to be digitized, the government has created regulations to protect it. This resulted in a comprehensive HIPAA security rule for medical data. HHS summarizes the security rule in the following way (see full summary here):

“The Security Rule requires covered entities to maintain reasonable and appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards for protecting e-PHI.

Specifically, covered entities must:

  1. Ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all e-PHI they create, receive, maintain or transmit;

  2. Identify and protect against reasonably anticipated threats to the security or integrity of the information;

  3. Protect against reasonably anticipated, impermissible uses or disclosures; and

  4. Ensure compliance by their workforce.”

Conclusion

Tri-Star Electronics Recycling’s commitment to security has made TSR and industry leader in the servicing of our nation’s hospitals and healthcare facilities, a trusted solutions provider for any and all data destruction needs. Please contact us today to talk about your data destruction solution.

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