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Today, we will determine if Evernote offers HIPAA compliant service or not.
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Evernote is an app designed for note taking, organizing, tasks lists, and archiving. Since it's a cloud-based service, Evernote serves as a sync point to keep stuff like text documents, photos, videos and audio files in a central place. Evernote is headquartered 30 minutes south of Paubox in Redwood City, CA.
Evernote and the Business Associate Agreement
We’ve previously talked about how a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is a written contract between a Covered Entity and a Business Associate. It is required by law for HIPAA compliance.
We checked Evernote's site and found the Evernote Business FAQ page. In it, Evernote states:
Is Evernote Business HIPAA compliant?
Evernote and Evernote Business are not currently compliant.
Does Evernote Offer HIPAA Compliant Service?
The Business Associate Agreement is a key component to HIPAA compliance between a Covered Entity and a Business Associate. Since Evernote specifically states they are not HIPAA compliant and therefore do not offer a BAA, we conclude they are not a HIPAA compliant service.
Evernote does not meet HIPAA Compliance standards. Do not use Evernote if you are bound by HIPAA regulations.