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X-Rays & MRIs: Shredding & recycling
Why, how & when they need to be destroyed
When most folks hear the term HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), thoughts immediately go to medical records, but did you know that patient x-rays and MRIs are also protected under that act? The fact is, these records, although seemingly inconsequential, contain personal information. And therefore we need to treat it the same way as patient’s health records. Here’s how a guide to managing, retention, and destruction of your x-rays and MRIs:
Why you need to destroy x-rays and MRIs
Just like many other sensitive documents, x-rays and MRIs contain personal information. Thus you need to destroy them properly to protect the patient. In addition to the HIPAA regulation, X-rays contain silver which can contaminate the environment. So they don’t recommend that you dispose of them in the regular trash or throw them into the recycling bin. You should destroy dental, medical and veterinary x-rays and MRIs just as safely and securely as all medical records.
The rules on retention
As a medical facility, you are aware that for medical records there are laws on how long you should retain them before destruction. The required length of time to keep these records varies from state to state, as is the case with x-rays and MRIs. In Florida, the law requires that doctors retain x-rays and MRIs for a minimum of 5 years after the last contact with the patient and that public hospitals retain them for at least 7 years. Once that time period is over, it is best to destroy the x-rays and MRI records by having them professionally shredded by a licensed and certified shredding provider.
All Points Mobile Shredding will come to you to safely and securely destroy your x-rays and MRI records. Our trained technicians will ensure that they permanently shred each record. Then we will provide you with a certificate of destruction for your records. This is important because it gives you with the credibility you need to remain compliant with HIPAA and OSHA.
We are a family owned and operated, licensed and certified company located in Stuart, Florida. All Points Mobile Shredding has served hospitals, medical offices, clinics, urgent care facilities, assisted living facilities, veterinarians and other medical organizations for more than twenty years. We provide personalized service as well as both onsite mobile shredding of documents, medical records, x-rays, MRIs, hard-drives and medical waste disposal. Combine both services to simplify your disposal and destruction needs and take advantage of our well-priced, no hidden fees services.
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