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Secure Shredding and Data Destruction Services for the Healthcare Industry

Whether you are a hospital, pharmacy or a solo healthcare practitioner, the requirements and obligations regarding the collection, storing and destruction of confidential information are significant.

Yet, of the ICO’s personal data breaches recorded between January and June 2019, 18% of all personal data breaches were reported within healthcare [1]. Resulting in monumental fines, reputational damage and even loss of license.

But owing to numerous high-profile data breaches, how healthcare organisations, store and destroy confidential information is coming under increased scrutiny – especially since the introduction of the GDPR.

Secure paper shredding and data destruction is now more important than ever and with a range of services, Shred-it is here to help ensure your organisation remains compliant and keeps data protected.

Protect your organisation. Protect your reputation. Get Shred-it.

The prognosis isn’t good.

Average total cost of a healthcare data breach is


– the highest of any industry

Source: 2019 Cost of a Data Breach: Ponemon Institute

Healthcare companies that experienced an information breach suffered the highest cost per capita of any industry at £331 – a

14.9% rise

since 2017

Source: 2019 Cost of a Data Breach: Ponemon Institute

Services we typically recommend for the Healthcare Industry.

  • On-demand Shredding

    Clears out the clutter that can build up when storing financial records with a one-off shredding service.
  • Speciality Shredding

    Destroys everything from old uniforms to x-rays, MRI recordings and photographic archives

Protect your data with our secure shredding services.

Not everything your organisation collects, stores, or handles is digital. When medical records and prescriptions are printed, or reports are circulated for a meeting, they are at risk of getting into the wrong hands if they are not handled and disposed of properly and securely.

For that reason, every healthcare organisation is at risk regardless of size, type, or location. But in an industry that relies on privacy, the reality is that many information breaches happen not just because of inferior firewalls or weak passwords, but because of employee error or negligence.

In fact, 24% of all data breaches are said to be caused as a result of employee error [5]. So, you may be doing everything you can but one member of staff casually dropping an old medical report or prescription into a recycling bin can undo everything.

Don't risk an information breach

In healthcare, it’s a safe bet that every document you or your employees handle contains some form of confidential information.

Whether its patient records or pharmacy reports, or your own financial reports and billing data, you have a lot of information to secure.

If you create, collect, or dispose of these types of documents, you and your organisation could be at-risk of an information breach ––

  • Patient Information
  • Medical Invoices and Payments
  • X-rays and MRI Files
  • Payroll and HR Records
  • Financial Statements
  • Balance Sheets
  • Income Statements
  • Supplier Contracts
  • Tax Filings and Internal Audits
  • Staff Schedules and Contact Info
  • National Insurance Numbers

"I think the drivers that come in our health clinic for our shred have been very professional and courteous." The Health Center at Lowes NM

"It is convenient and the people that come to pick up are very friendly." Prince Edward County Health Dept

"What I like most about your services is the professionalism and friendliness of the drivers, they are always courteous, respectable and dependable and always on time. You couldn't ask for any better quality service." Alpha Health & Rehab of Greer

"You are always in and out quickly. Your drivers never try to enter through the back door so we always know when they are here. They check with each of us before leaving to see if we have anything to add to the bag first. Always friendly!" Balanced Health

GDPR compliance: don't become a statistic.

Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, reported data breaches have surged by two-thirds, resulting in significant fines – and subsequent reputational damage – at the hands of the ICO [6].

41% of UK consumers claim they will never return to a business that has had a data breach [7].

Ensure GDPR compliance, avoid fines and protect the reputation of your organisation with our world-class paper shredding and data destruction services.

[1] – Egress
[5] – 2019 Cost of a Data Breach – Ponemon Institute
[6] – Information Commissioner’s Office
[7] – Business Wire

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