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Media Controls for HIPAA
From: "Sandra Weinman" <SWeinman () alegent org>
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 09:40:31 -0600

In working with staff within the organization a lot of questions have
come up regarding the cleansing of hard drives prior to re-locating to
another location within the same building or a different facility.  We
are a large healthcare system and move equipment around on a regular
basis but have a few questions.  Your input would be greatly
appreciated.

Electronic Media Questions:
1). Is data presumed "destroyed" on the hard drive if the device is
imaged using conventional disk imaging techniques?

2). To what level of destruction is considered "destroyed"?  There is
definitely a vast difference between what the government considers
unretrievable and what the public sector considers destroyed.  And, to
what expense are organization willing to go to reach this comfort
level?

Thank-you,
Sandra Weinman
402-717-1090


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