Medical X-ray films and MRI films are considered Protected Health Information (“PHI”) under HIPAA and must be destroyed properly. All Points Mobile Shredding is committed to your protection and security by offering X-ray destruction.
One of our trained technicians will visit your place of business to pick up X-rays or MRI films for secure destruction. Once they have been destroyed, we will provide you with a Certificate of Destruction, an important document indicating your compliance with information destruction regulations.
In addition to the X-rays themselves, it’s important to remember that the X-ray jackets also contain Protected Health Information that must be properly destroyed.
Florida Law For Disposal of X-Ray Film & Medical Records
Under Florida law, health care providers must keep X-ray file and medical records for at least five years after their last contact with the patient. Public hospitals in Florida must keep their medical records and X-ray films at least seven years after the patient has been discharged.
Please note that the federal law requires a retention period of five to seven years for adults and minors up to 19 years old.
HIPAA Rule for Disposing of X-Ray Films
According to HIPAA, the responsibility for X-ray film disposal lies with the physicians or health care facility. HIPAA also gives physicians or health care facilities the choice of having X-rays destroyed either on-site or off-site. HIPAA requires that the disposal of X-ray films and other medical records be done in a way that protects the confidentiality of the information.
Disclaimer: The information for the retention periods of X-ray films in Florida was taken from the Department of Health website and other online resources. All Points Mobile Shredding is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on this page as it may not be up-to-date.
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