What is Google Apps for Work? Google Apps, now known as G Suite, is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps teams communicate, collaborate and get things done from anywhere and on any device. Google Apps is simple to use, simple to set up, and simple to manage. We want you to focus on building your practice, not on fiddling with mail or other computer issues. Click here to find out how you can get HIPAA compliant email through G Suite, including a Business Associate Agreement with Google.
Do psychologists and other mental health providers use Google Apps for Work? Millions of organizations – including therapy practices that need to meet HIPAA requirements – count on Google Apps for professional email, sharing documents, online calendars, editing documents online and more. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health care providers who need to comply with HIPAA requirements can use Google Apps.
HIPPA compliance for Google Apps for Protected Health Information (PHI)
If you are like most therapists, you need to be concerned about HIPAA compliance for your practice. Google has a formal statement of HIPAA Compliance with Google Apps.
Your email will almost certainly contain information classified as Protected Health Information (PHI) under HIPAA. If you are a Google Apps customer, and wish to use Google Apps with PHI, you must sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Google. TherapyEverywhere can help you navigate the process.
You can request a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) from Google after you start setup for Google Apps
To request a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA), you must be signed in to an Administrator account for your Google Apps domain. Non-Administrator Google Apps users or users of Google Apps Free Edition (sometimes referred to as “Standard Edition”) cannot request a BAA from Google at this time. (Click here for the source for this information.)
What does the Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Google cover regarding Protected Health Information (PHI)
Google offers a BAA covering Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive (including Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms), Google Sites, and Google Apps Vault services. This means that you will be able to use your email, shared calendars, and documents in Google Drive for Protected Health Information (PHI).
TherapyEverywhere can help you implement Google Apps in your practice so that you effectively use Google Apps for Protected Health Information and conform to HIPAA requirements.
HIPAA compliant business email for your domain
Looking professional matters, and that means communicating as email@example.com. Gmail’s simple, powerful features help you build your brand while getting more done. And, of course, comply with HIPAA regulations.
Access email, calendar, or documents from any location or device
Check email, share files, edit documents, at work, at home or in transit. You can pick up where you left off from a computer, tablet or phone. And, stay within the parameters required to comply with HIPAA requirements.
Concerned about privacy or HIPAA compliance?
Have questions about privacy using Google Apps for Work, or HIPAA compliance if you are a health care provider? Set an appointment with us now to learn more.
Your next steps
Reach out to Therapy Everywhere to find out more about Google Apps for Work. Click here to get the full datasheet for Google Apps for Work or set an appointment with us now. Or, just get started with your free trial now.
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