by Hoala Greevy Founder CEO of Paubox
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Is Google Tasks a HIPAA Compliant Solution?

by Hoala Greevy Founder CEO of Paubox

Is Google Tasks a HIPAA Compliant Solution? | Paubox

We’ve been seeing more vendors, customers, and prospects asking about HIPAA compliant services.

Since Paubox is a Business Associate to thousands of customers, we’ve been wondering if they are able to use Google Tasks in a HIPAA compliant manner.

SEE ALSO: Google & HIPAA Compliance: The Ultimate Guide

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

Today we will determine if Google Tasks offers HIPAA compliant service or not.

Google Tasks

Google Tasks allows users to create a to-do list within Gmail or the Google Tasks app. When a task is added, it can be integrated into a user’s Gmail calendar

See Also: How to Make Gmail HIPAA Compliant

What is a Business Associate?

A Business Associate is a person or company that performs certain functions or activities that involve the use or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) for a Covered Entity.

In a nutshell, the role of a Business Associate is to help Covered Entities comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule

Read full article: What does it mean to be a Business Associate?

Secure email for modern healthcare. Right out of the box.

Business Associate Agreement provisions

If a Business Associate provides services to a Covered Entity, then a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) must be in place.

A BAA is a written contract between a Covered Entity and a Business Associate and is required by law for HIPAA compliance.

At a minimum, a Business Associate Agreement contains 10 provisions.

Read full article: Business Associate Agreement Provisions

Google and the Business Associate Agreement

We checked Google for mention of their ability to sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) for Google Tasks.

We found a G Suite Administrator Help article called HIPAA Compliance with G Suite.

In the article, Google points out:

“Administrators must review and accept a BAA before using Google services with PHI. Google offers a BAA covering… Google Tasks.”

Does Google Tasks offer HIPAA Compliant Service?

The Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is a key component to HIPAA compliance between a Covered Entity and a Business Associate.

Since G Suite offers a BAA that covers Google Tasks, we conclude that Google Tasks is a HIPAA compliant service, as long as you digitally sign a BAA with Google.

Conclusion: Google Tasks can be configured for HIPAA compliance.

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