The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) was designed to accelerate the speed at which healthcare providers and facilities adopt electronic medical records (EMRs) systems. However, as legacy medical records systems are digitized to comply with HITECH, hospitals, practices and clinics face challenges when disposing of obsolete electronic devices, including legal obligations to safeguard patient data and compliance with federal regulations.
As these EMRs and other medical hardware can contain sensitive medical records, financial information, personal identifiers and more, delaying destruction of electronic devices used by healthcare providers and facilities increases the risk of a data breach, which can ultimately result in millions of dollars in legal and federal fines as well as a loss of public trust.
ERI has the highest commitment to guaranteeing electronic devices are safely and securely disposed of in an environmentally responsible and transparent manner. When an electronic device arrives at an ERI facility, it is assigned a serial number to allow both ERI and clients to track the device from intake to final disposition using our propriety tracking software technology, MyTrackTech.
Following registration, electronic devices are wiped of any and all data in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD 5520) standards and National Institute of Standards and Technology, Guidelines for Media Sanitization (NIST 800-88) protocol. Devices are then repurposed, sorted for parts or finely shredded by our state-of-the-art shredders, where they are broken down into commodities and sent to our downstream partners.
ERI maintains strict zero-export, zero-landfill policies, further protecting devices and reducing liability by ensuring no part of a device ever ends up in a landfill or abroad. Certified by both e-Stewards and R2, ERI guarantees total data destruction in an environmentally responsible manner.
The amount of sensitive personal and financial information stored on medical hard drives is attracting more and more hackers and thieves. Don’t let your facility be the next big data breach. Call ERI today at 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or request a quote to find out how we can help protect you and your patients.
- First electronics recycler in the nation to be dually certified by e-Stewards and R2
- 100 percent guaranteed data destruction
- Transparent and real-time reporting with MyTrackTech
- Ensured compliance with environmental standards and handling guidelines
- 100 percent No Landfill, No Exporting policy
- Up to 80 percent of e-waste is sent to developing countries.
- U.S. consumer cyber-attacks in 2014 averaged $5.85 million per breach.
- The average cost per record compromised was $201 per record
- Just 1 gigabyte of data can equal up to 675,000 pages of information.
- Most computer hard drives are 500GB, meaning they can contain up to 337.5 million pages of information!
- The two most common causes of data breaches are viruses/malware & misappropriated e-waste.
- Average profit per stolen medical record is $20,000, compared to $2,000 for standard ID theft
- The cost of data breaches is rising – up 15 percent globally in 2014.