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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Four Simple Ways to De-Identify Medication Containers
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Four Simple Ways to De-Identify Medication Containers
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Heather Hudson
Heather Hudson is a Marketing Manager at PDC where she works with hospital clients, helping them improve patient safety and productivity by developing solutions that meet their most critical needs. She never would have imagined she would be an expert in identification solutions, materials, and adhesives! Prior to joining PDC in 2009, she managed marketing for an acclaimed gourmet bakery and ate a LOT of cookies. Heather graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University Northridge with a degree in Marketing. She holds a patent for a pharmacy prescription privacy label that protects sensitive patient data for HIPAA compliance and has multiple identification patents pending. Heather is a new mom to a beautiful baby boy named Jack who keeps her busy when she’s not at work. One of Heather’s claims to fame at work is that she always wears the most creative costumes at Halloween; some of her past homemade costumes have included Captain Crunch, Hurricane El Nino, and Flo the Progressive Insurance lady. She still eats a LOT of cookies.


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