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Re: Media Controls for HIPAA
From: "Mitchell Rowton" <mrowton () bdo com>
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2003 10:00:15 -0500

Just as HIPAA doesn't say what level of encryption is acceptable it
doesn't say what level of formatting is acceptable.  You should have a
procedure that outlines how you make a reasonable effort to destroy
sensitive information.  In this procedure you should spell out the
method of destroying data (for example, write over with 1's and 0's
seven times)

In my opinion, much of the HIPAA frustration comes from consultants
starting rumors about "acceptable" standards which HIPAA doesn't call
for (elude to or intend to). 

HIPAA only wants you to document and follow your standards that outline
making a reasonable effort and practicing due diligence to protect
sensitive information.  The specific definition you put in your
procedure isn't quite as important, so long as its reasonable,
communicated, and followed.  Again, this is all personal opinion.

Mitchell

"Sandra Weinman" <SWeinman () alegent org> 12/04/03 10:40AM >>>
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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