A customer asked us this week about whether they were able to use Airtable in a HIPAA compliant manner.
We know the HIPAA industry is vast so we can empathize with just how many people need to use cloud services in this sector.
In previous posts, we’ve covered the following cloud solutions and their capabilities for HIPAA compliance:
- Adobe Campaign
- Amazon Alexa
- Amazon CloudFront
- Apple iCloud
- Apple iMessage
- Citrix ShareFile
- Constant Contact
- EarthLink Email
- Google Analytics
- Google Calendar
- Google Docs
- Google Drive
- Google Forms
- Google Hangouts
- Google Hangouts Chat
- Google Slides
- Google Voice
- Microsoft Exchange
- Microsoft Teams
- Office 365
- Return Path
- Uber Health
Today, we will determine if Airtable offers HIPAA compliant service or not.
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In a nutshell, Airtable is spreadsheet-database hybrid: It has the features of a database and the look and feel of a traditional spreadsheet.
The fields in an Airtable table are similar to cells in a spreadsheet, but have types such as checkbox, phone number, and drop-down list. It can also reference file attachments like images.
Users can create a database, set up column types, add records, link tables to one another, collaborate, sort records, and publish views to external websites.
Airtable and the Business Associate Agreement
We’ve previously talked about how a Business Associate Agreement is a written contract between a Covered Entity and a Business Associate. It is required by law for HIPAA compliance.
We checked Airtable’s site and found the answer we were looking for in the Product Suggestions section of Airtable Community.
On a Product Suggestion page called HIPAA Compliance, we found:
Katherine_Duh of Airtable:
HIPAA compliance is certainly something that we’re considering. We’d love to hear the specifics of how you would use Airtable if it were HIPAA-compliant!
Does Airtable Offer HIPAA Compliant Service?
The Business Associate Agreement is a key component to HIPAA compliance between a covered entity and a business associate.
Within a ten minutes, we concluded that Airtable is not currently in the business of providing HIPAA compliant service.
Airtable is not currently HIPAA compliant.