Confidentiality, Privacy and Security

Destroy Physician Signature Stamp

  • 1.  Destroy Physician Signature Stamp

    Posted 10-04-2019 11:54
    Edited by Sarah Dietz 10-04-2019 17:00
    Hi Privacy & Security Community,

    I've come across a physician signature stamp requiring destruction. Do you know if there are guidelines to rendering it unusable; i.e. should I obtain a certificate of destruction or can I destroy and dispose of it myself? I appreciate all guidance and references as I haven't been able to come across anything specific in my research.

    Thank you!

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    Sarah Dietz
    HIM & Privacy Manager
    GHC-SCW
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  • 2.  RE: Destroy Physician Signature Stamp

    Posted 10-07-2019 12:02
    Sarah,  I would think you could just use a scissors or knife blade to render the "signature" invalid.  Then I would toss.   If you feel you need to keep a record of it, you could do a certificate of destruction.   I have never really seen this question come up before.  Anything that would "mar" the actual signature should work.

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    Nancy Davis, MS, RHIA, CHPS
    Director of Compliance & Safety
    Door County Medical Center
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