Northeast Data Destruction Discovers Medical Facility’s X-rays Removed without Authorization: Possible Suspects Found

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How do you assure your confidential documents, media, and sensitive information is securely handled and properly destroyed?

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Last week Northeast Data Destruction discovered that a Massachusetts medical facility’s x-rays were removed without authorization. The service personnel posing as another company basically walking into a medical facility and removed secure containers of x-rays. These “employees” had no identification, and left no paperwork for the material.

NewburyportNews.com recently reported that two men were charged with stealing X-ray films from Anna Jaques Hospital and are suspected of hitting other hospitals across Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

This recent theft not only places the medical facility in violation of HIPPA Regulations, as x-rays contain personal medical information, but x-rays, due to their silver content, has considerable value in today’s market

How do you assure your confidential documents, media, and sensitive information is securely handled and properly destroyed?

“All service personnel should identify themselves with a proper photo ID. If this person is unknown, this ID should be checked to make sure they are employed by the contracted service company”, says Randy Miller, President of Northeast Data Destruction in Mansfield, MA. “If there is a question, request a backup ID, such as a driver’s license. Material should not, under any circumstances, be released to unidentified employees”

“All service employees should all be in proper uniform, and driving clearly identified and properly marked service vehicles” says Miller, “providing additional proof that they are “ who they say they are”. “If additional questions remain, call the service company to confirm the employees name and service schedule”.

How can you be assured that your contracted data destruction company follows this protocol? Insist on NAID “AAA” Certification. Uniformed and properly badged employees, as well as clearly marked and identified vehicles are all requirements when receiving and maintaining NAID Certification.

Information provided by Northeast Data Destruction and Miller Recycling Corporation. Operating since 1940, Miller is a third generation company with the experience required to assist you with all your paper, plastics, and metals recycling requirements. Northeast Data Destruction, our NAID “AAA” Certified confidential shredding division, will securely process all your sensitive documents, files, media, hard drives, tapes, CD’s, and off spec products and storage components. Nationwide service is available.

Visit the sponsor at http://www.millerrecycling.com and click on Northeast Data Destruction for additional information.

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