Even if your workstations are not used to house patient data, it is almost a guarantee that there is incidental data that is as risk of breach on each system. This can take the form of email messages, Microsoft Excel or Word files, and Java, Flash, or Web-browsing history and cache data. Therefore it must be a standard that any PC being replaced go through DOD-level destruction. Windows disk formatting is not enough – your IT company can accomplish true DOD-level destruction through software solutions or by professional hard drive shredding companies, and they can give you the necessary documentation so you know where your data is, and how it is destroyed. If do-it-yourself data destruction is your preferred solution so that you never relinquish control of your patient data, then make sure your solution documents “DOD-Level” destruction of data.
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