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HITECH Act Archive

B. Guidance Specifying the

Technologies and Methodologies That

Render Protected Health Information

Unusable, Unreadable, or

Indecipherable to Unauthorized


Protected health information (PHI) is

rendered unusable, unreadable, or

indecipherable to unauthorized

individuals only if one or more of the

following applies:

(ii) Electronic media have been

cleared, purged, or destroyed consistent

with NIST Special Publication 800–88,

Guidelines for Media Sanitization,19

such that the PHI cannot be retrieved.