Many challenges present themselves in pharmacies daily, and we’d like to offer some helpful tips to tackle the important challenge of de-identifying medication containers. Many different types of medication containers are prepared by and returned to your pharmacy every day, ranging from IV bags, to vials and prescription bottles. Since medication containers vary extensively in size and shape, you are tasked with a unique challenge when removing all patient protected health information (PHI) from each container. Some common methods of de-identifying medication containers affect workflow efficiency, as well as drive up costs. Adding various types of containers into your hospital’s shredding service or incinerator is time-consuming and very costly, since price is typically calculated by weight.
Don’t Risk a Potential HIPAA Privacy Rule Violation
Not only can de-identifying medication containers reduce efficiency among staff and increase costs, but some common methods of removing PHI may not properly conceal all PHI, leading to potential HIPAA Privacy Rule violations.
Here Are Four Easy, HIPAA-Compliant Tips for De-Identifying Medication Containers
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