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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 aims to keep medical records and other personal health information secure — especially in this age of rapid technological development. Also known as HIPAA, this groundbreaking legislation has dramatically streamlined the transition from paper-based to electronic records while also improving the efficiency of a variety of other health care administrative functions.

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When it first became popular to have computers in the home, you didn’t have to worry about destroying sensitive data on hard drives. Now that almost everyone has some form of computer, whether it’s a PC, Apple product, cell phone, copier or tablet, you can do just about anything on the computer, including banking and paying bills. Businesses allow you to access your accounts online, including medical accounts. Many people shop online and store their credit card information on a business’s servers. Thus, it is vital that you take hard drive destruction seriously or you could find your identity stolen.

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