We’ve been getting asked by customers and prospects about Return Path and their ability to use it in a HIPAA compliant manner.
We know the HIPAA industry is vast so we can empathize with just how many people need to use cloud-based services in this sector.
In previous posts, we’ve covered the following cloud solutions and their capabilities for HIPAA compliance:
- Amazon CloudFront
- Apple iCloud
- Apple iMessage
- Citrix ShareFile
- Google Calendar
- Google Docs
- Google Drive
- Google Forms
- Google Hangouts
- Google Slides
- Google Voice
- Office 365
Today, we will determine if Return Path offers HIPAA compliant service or not.
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About Return Path
Return Path helps marketers optimize their email marketing campaigns.
Return Path was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in New York.
Return Path 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 Return Path’s site and could not find any mention of their ability to sign a BAA.
For example, we checked their Provision of Services page and did not find any mention of Business Associate, HIPAA, PHI, or healthcare.
We also checked:
- Return Path Terms of Service
We could not find any mention of Business Associate, HIPAA, PHI, or healthcare on those pages either.
Does Return Path Offer HIPAA Compliant Service?
The Business Associate Agreement is a key component to HIPAA compliance between a Covered Entity and a Business Associate.
Since Return Path does not mention their ability to sign a BAA anywhere on their site, we conclude that Return Path is not a HIPAA compliant email service.
We do not recommend using Return Path if you are bound by HIPAA regulations.