X-Ray Film Recycling

The main purpose of disposing of old medical x-rays is to ensure that you follow the privacy rule made by HIPAA, the (PHI) Protected Health information rule was made on Feb 20 2003. What is the PHI has to do with X-ray film?

For these who do not know, medical x-ray films will usually contain few types of information about the patient, administrative, physical, and technical patient’s information such as name, age and of course if you look closely at the image in the film it also might tell about the current or previous medical condition of the patient, this is what HIPAA wants to protect the patients from, it is common sense today that all patients are entitled to their privacy, that is why the rule puts the responsibility on the Physician to make sure the medical record is destructed along with all types of patients information on it, administrative, physical, and technical information.