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Is Yammer HIPAA compliant? (Update 2024)

Is Yammer HIPAA compliant? (Update 2024)

Yammer is a social networking and collaboration platform that was acquired by Microsoft. Yammer now known as Viva Engage offers organizations the opportunity to streamline communication and improve collaboration among employees. 

Yammer offers a unique feature: private communications. This means that companies can use Yammer exclusively for internal purposes or extend its use to communication with customers and business associates. Users can engage in chats, and share photos, documents, and other files, making it a versatile tool for collaboration.

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


Will Yammer sign a business associate agreement (BAA)?

Yes, Microsoft will sign a business associate agreement for Yammer, which can be reviewed here.


What does the Yammer BAA cover?

The Microsoft BAA covers the use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI), stating, “Microsoft enables customers in their compliance with HIPAA and the HITECH Act and adheres to the Security Rule requirements of HIPAA in its capacity as a business associate. Moreover, Microsoft enters into Business Associate Agreements with its covered entity and business associate customers to support their compliance with HIPAA obligations.”



Yammer otherwise known as Viva Engage 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 significant 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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