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Is Amazon CloudFront HIPAA compliant? (Update 2024)

Is Amazon CloudFront HIPAA compliant? (Update 2024)

Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to users with low latency and high transfer speeds.

Is Amazon CloudFront HIPAA compliant? Yes, based on our research, Amazon CloudFront can be HIPAA compliant.


Will Amazon CloudFront sign a business associate agreement (BAA)?

Yes, Amazon CloudFront will sign a business associate agreement, which can be reviewed in the AWS Management Console.


What does the Amazon CloudFront BAA cover?

The AWS BAA covers the use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI), stating,  “The AWS HIPAA compliance program includes CloudFront as a HIPAA eligible service. If you have an executed Business Associate Addendum (BAA) with AWS, you can use CloudFront (excluding content delivery through CloudFront Embedded POPs) to deliver content that contains protected health information (PHI).”



Amazon CloudFront signs a BAA and is therefore HIPAA compliant.

Learn more: HIPAA Compliant Email: The Definitive Guide



What is a business associate agreement?

A business associate agreement (BAA) is a legally binding contract establishing a relationship between a covered entity under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its business associates. The purpose of this agreement is to ensure the proper protection of personal health information (PHI) as required by HIPAA regulations.


What is HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets national standards for protecting the privacy and security of certain health information, known as protected health information (PHI).

HIPAA is designed to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information and to ensure that healthcare providers and insurers can securely exchange electronic health information. Violations of HIPAA can result in big fines and penalties for covered entities.


Who does HIPAA apply to?

HIPAA applies to covered entities, which include healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses. It also applies to business associates of these covered entities. These are entities that perform certain functions or activities on behalf of the covered entity.


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