We sometimes get asked if Marketo can be used in a HIPAA compliant manner. With last month's news that Adobe acquired Marketo for $4.75B, it's a timely occasion to see if Marketo is HIPAA compliant or not. We know the HIPAA industry is vast so we can empathize with just how many people need to use cloud services in this sector.
Marketo is a software company focused on account-based marketing. This includes email, mobile, social, digital ads, web management, and analytics.
Marketo and the business associate agreement
Section 12. Sensitive Information: We ask that you not send us or disclose any sensitive Personal Data (e.g., social security numbers, information related to racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, biometrics or genetic characteristics, criminal background, or trade union membership) on or through the Sites or via other means.
While this is not a direct mention of protected health information (PHI), you can infer that Marketo did not design its platform to store sensitive information like PHI. According to HIPAA, even just a name is PHI if it is in any way associated with a healthcare provider—such as in a marketing email coming from your practice.
Does Marketo offer HIPAA compliant service?
The BAA is a key component to HIPAA compliance between a covered entity and a business associate. We learned that Marketo markets itself as a company that services the US Healthcare market, yet at the same time it is vague about its willingness to sign a BAA.
It's inconclusive if Marketo is HIPAA compliant or not.
HIPAA email marketing tools comparison
To meet the unmet need for HIPAA compliant email marketing, we created Paubox Marketing. It is the only solution that will:
- Sign a BAA
- Provide military-grade encryption
- Allow you to include PHI in your marketing emails
- Allow patients to read your emails directly from their inbox with no extra steps
In addition, Paubox Marketing is HITRUST CSF certified. Compared to the standard marketing tools, Paubox Marketing is the best option for maintaining HIPAA compliance while harnessing the power of personalized email marketing.
|Company||Will they sign a BAA?||Can you send PHI?|
|Blue Orchid Marketing||NO||NO|
|Mad Mimi (GoDaddy)||NO||NO|
|Infusionsoft by Keap||YES||NO|
|Salesforce Marketing Cloud||YES||NO|
|Eloqua (Oracle)||YES||YES **|
(** To use Oracle Eloqua in a HIPAA compliant manner, recipients receive two emails for every message you send. Patients must also log into a secure message center to view your message— it does not appear in their inboxes. This creates friction and makes your patients less likely to read your marketing email.)