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The Hidden Dangers of G Suite

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

G Suite includes privacy and security protections aimed at securing data. Google signs a BAA with HIPAA covered entities. However, G Suite has hidden dangers that may lead to a violation of HIPAA rules.

Emails sent from Google Calendar are not encrypted

Calendar is a core service of G Suite and covered by Google’s BAA. The problem is, email encryption is not a standard feature of G Suite. That is, although Google supports encrypted messages within its servers, email sent to other systems are not encrypted.

Google does not even offer a native end-to-end email encryption solution; one has to purchase such services from a third party and integrate it with your Google account.

Is GSuite Secure

So, even though Calendar and other core services – including Gmail, Drive, Hangouts and Google Cloud Search – are covered by the company’s BAA, the emails that Gmail automatically schedules and sends via Calendar are not encrypted.

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Is Microsoft Email HIPAA Compliant?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

To be HIPAA compliant a healthcare organization needs to ensure that all parties that have access to their data need to sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA). The BAA helps to protect data security by requiring all parties involved to only share and use data within the HIPAA guidelines. As a healthcare organization or a health insurance company, if you have a third party email services provider you will need the provider to sign a BAA.

There are several other guidelines in place that are required for an email provider to be HIPAA compliant; companies that use these services need to ensure that the guidelines are followed. Any company that doesn’t keep track of its service providers risks being in violation of HIPAA.

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Is Microsoft Outlook Online safe to use for HIPAA?

We first have to look at which version of Microsoft Outlook is being used. Outlook.com is not HIPAA compliant. The free service is not recommended for healthcare organizations and health insurance providers as it does not meet the HIPAA guidelines.

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