Medical Device Destruction is required when SSDs and components fail
Point of care devices are transforming the medical industry by increasing the speed at which tests can be run, medical information can be accessed, and clinical decisions can be made. SSD storage has played a key role in this process. With low power consumption, fast access to data, and shock resistance, SSDs are well suited to meet the needs of point of care devices. However, when these and other components fail proper medical device destruction is required.
Types of Memory
There are several types of commonly used NAND flash memory: single level cell (SLC), multi-level cell (MLC), and triple level cell (TLC). The choice of which flash to use can be difficult for system designers because of the difference in reliability and cost between the types. SLC is the most expensive and reliable followed by MLC and TLC which are the least expensive and reliable. To complicate matters, the storage durability requirements are not immediately clear during development. However, today’s SSDs are able to self-report which allows designers better select the type of flash based on requirements.
Storage requirements for HIPAA Covered Entities
Medical equipment needs to remain in service for much longer than the average consumer device. Therefore, storage failures must be kept to a minimum. Because of the sensitive nature of patient information, these devices must also have increased security capabilities. Entities covered under HIPAA law must be especially aware of the capabilities of their medical devices, as data breaches or device failure could result in high fines and lawsuits. When devices do fail or are retired, these entities are required by HIPAA to have agreements in place with their service providers that ensure the proper handling of sensitive data containing devices. A good provider should be able to demonstrate past success in eliminating data from SSDs and covered entities should always choose a provider that confirms data destruction, and medical device destruction. Even if the covered entity’s internal security has previously cleared the device data the risks are too high not to have a safe-guard built into the disposal process.
In addition to providing hard drive shredding and destruction and wiping, Avritek offers medical device destruction.