by Hoala Greevy Founder CEO of Paubox
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Is Google Sheets HIPAA compliant?

by Hoala Greevy Founder CEO of Paubox

Is Google Sheets HIPAA compliant?

We often get asked by customers and prospects about Google Sheets and their ability to use it in a HIPAA compliant manner.

We know the HIPAA market is vast so we can empathize with just how many people need to use cloud-based storage services in this sector.

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In previous posts, we’ve covered the following cloud solutions and their capabilities for HIPAA compliance:

The purpose of this post is to determine if Google Sheets offers HIPAA compliance or not.

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About Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a web-based spreadsheet offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It was first released in 2007.

Google Sheets 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 Google’s site and found a Google Workspace Administrator Help article called HIPAA Compliance with Google Workspace.

In the article, Google points out:

“Google offers a BAA covering Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive (including Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms)…”

Does Google Sheets Offer HIPAA Compliant Service?

The Business Associate Agreement is a key component to HIPAA compliance between a Covered Entity and a Business Associate. Since Google offers one that covers Google Sheets, we conclude that Google Sheets is a HIPAA compliant service.

It’s important to note however, you must sign a BAA with Google to be HIPAA compliant.

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Conclusion: Google Sheets is HIPAA Compliant. Make sure you sign a BAA with Google.

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