Is Your Printer HIPPA Compliant?

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HIPAA compliance is no small matter for healthcare providers, and we understand that. There are so many aspects to HIPAA compliance that it is easier than you may think to miss an entire area of interest. One such area that is easy to miss is your printer fleet. You may think of your printers as something documents simply pass through; those documents are safe because they are later filed or destroyed properly. However, there is more to your printers than meets the eye. They are a hub of information, not just passing through, but also being stored. Let us take a look at some of the vulnerabilities printers pose, along with the ways that you can make your printer HIPAA compliant.

HIPAA Compliance for Your Printers

The most important thing to first understand about your printers is that the majority of printers made in the 2000s save the information that passes through them on a given day. They have hard drives that store information and a lot of them even have an Internet connection. Put all of this together, and your printers need just as much protection as your computer network. Realizing that fact truly changes the way business owners look at their printers. So how do you keep that information safe and compliant?

Network Protection

If your printers are all connected to the Internet, it is incredibly important to make sure that proper security is installed on this network to prevent hacks. It can be devastating for any company to have a large amount of information stolen or damaged, and it is an even more serious matter in the healthcare industry.

Hard Drive Wipes

Your printer's hard drive holds on to information for a set period of time. If you install a program to routinely wipe that hard drive, you are less likely to have confidential information in one more easily compromised location.

If you want to make sure that your printers are well protected and HIPAA compliant, please contact us today and we will help you through the process!

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