How does HIPPA affect the way we shred documents?

Patient Health Information (PHI) destruction is an essential part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance. To be compliant with the HIPAA requires that all forms of PHI are truly obliterated. The most convenient and effective way of being HIPAA compliant, with regards to paper documents that contain PHI is document shredding. The Department of Defense has even set standard shred sizes to 1/32″ by 7/16″ to be considered D.O.D approved.