Does Google docs meet HIPAA standards and other security regulations?

Posted on 2011-10-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Does Google docs meet HIPAA standards and other security regulations for a health care organization? Please feel free to make recommendations as to other file storing, easy access and sharing service that may be securely used by a healthcare organization.
Question by:bobox00
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    Nope, its not aimed towards that. Please read:

    Amazon claims you can make hipaa compatible apps, but there are questions raised about how secure it truly is:
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    I guess Microsoft Office 365 is the only online Office Service which offers this kind of security standard currently:
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    by:Allen Falcon
    Yes,  you can implement Google Apps for Business in a way that the service, along with your policies and procedures is HIPAA compliant.

    For the Gmail piece, you will need Google Message Encryption to provide inbox or portal-based delivery of encrypted email to individual recipients.

    For Google Docs, make sure that you are forcing SSL encryption for all services.  You may want to restrict users' ability to share documents outside of your domain (public or with other individuals) and you may want an auditing tool like CloudLock in place.


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    thanks for all inputs

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