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How to Delete Patient Data from an OEC 9400 C-Arm

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So, your OEC 9400 C-arm is finally retiring? It's the end of an era! You and “Big Tan” have been through so much. You spent the 90’s together for crying out loud! Well, I suppose if you really love something, you have to be ready to let it go.

Speaking of the 90’s, President Clinton passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) back in ’96. So if your 9400 is headed out the door, don't let it go without deleting old images and patient records from the hard drive. Here's how:

4 steps to erase patient data from your OEC 9400:

  1. Boot the system with the 9400 Service Boot Disk. If you don’t have one, click here to talk to a parts representative about ordering one.

  1. When the disk boots to the A: prompt, type the following commands at the prompt (note the spaces and hit [enter] after each one)

    • C:

    • del shotlog.dat

    • del header.dat

    • del patient.dat

  1. Remove disk.

  1. Reboot system.

Again, this will delete ALL patient data. So please make sure this is what you really want to do! Unfortunately, it is not possible to delete only select files.

The Takeaway

There you have it! Removing that information will keep you compliant with federal HIPAA requirements.

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