ArticleA Primer for Health Care Managers Data Sanitization, Equipment Disposal, and Electronic WasteAndersen, Cathy M. MPH, RHIA, CPHIMS Author Information Author Affiliation: Health Services Administration Program, Department of Health Promotion and Administration, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond. The author has no conflict of interest. Correspondence: Cathy M. Andersen, MPH, RHIA, CPHIMS, 521 Lancaster Ave, Dizney Bldg 117 Richmond, KY 40475-3102 ([email protected]). The Health Care Manager: July 2011 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 266-270 doi: 10.1097/HCM.0b013e318225e37f Buy Metrics Abstract In this article, security regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act concerning data sanitization and the disposal of media containing stored electronic protected health information are discussed, and methods for effective sanitization and media disposal are presented. When disposing of electronic media, electronic waste-or e-waste-is produced. Electronic waste can harm human health and the environment. Responsible equipment disposal methods can minimize the impact of e-waste. Examples of how health care organizations can meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations while also behaving responsibly toward the environment are provided. Examples include the environmental stewardship activities of reduce, reuse, reeducate, recover, and recycle. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.