How will learning about PHI help my small business?
The http://valleygreenshredding.com/proper-phi-disposal.html Web site was developed by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), a non-profit association promoting the proper destruction of sensitive information through education and standards development.
There are four main sections to the Web site: PHI Defined, Challenges, Solutions, Resources. Each section of the Web site gives small business owners tools to understand how disposal of sensitive information relates to their business.
The “PHI Defined” section explains what Protected Health Information is, what it means, and what types of documents fall into this category. Small business owners may not realize that PHI could mean something as simple as a phone message. Understanding how your business uses or stores PHI is half of the battle to getting your employees trained, developing a disposal policy, and following the laws.
“Challenges” is broken into four sub sections: The New HIPAA, Maintaining Productivity, New Mandatory HIPAA Fines, and PHI Disposal and the Media. The “Challenges” section specifically addresses how HIPAA has changed, and how it impacts your business. Additionally, the “Challenges” section is the place where you can find the stories about improperly discarded information that are making headlines.
The “Solutions” section is where you can find information on what to look for when hiring a service provider for document destruction, how to lower your costs and train employees, compliance and risk management, and tips for developing a PHI strategy. “Solutions” is important because it takes everything you had learned in the previous two sections, and provides ideas for how to manage your company’s risk, employees and develop a strategy that will be useful for your company.
Lastly, the “Resources” section will give you the tools to build your company’s full policy and program for PHI Disposal. Here you will find articles on how to select a quality service provider for your information destruction, the types of media that require destruction, free staff training, and how to easily document your destruction program.
Essentially if you have any questions about PHI Destruction, or do not have a strategy developed for your company’s destruction of PHI, http://valleygreenshredding.com/proper-phi-disposal.html in conjunction with your Valley Green Shredding account representative are all the tools your company needs to get your company’s PHI Disposal moving in the right direction.
Eric Wartel, CSDS
Eric is a certified secure destruction specialist (CSDS) with NAID and has been with the document destruction industry for several years. The laws that govern information security is ever changing and specialists like Eric need to be up-to-speed to assist their customers.