Thursday, February 27, 2014

Google Offers BAA for Google Apps

Google removes a barrier to Google Apps adoption by offering to sign BAA for organizations that need to comply with HIPAA.

Cloud computing in healthcare is poised for explosive growth. By the end of 2013, analysts estimated the global market would hit nearly $4 billion, more than 21% growth from 2012, according to a September 2013 Kalorama report. By comparison, health IT spending in 2013 was only projected to increase by 11%.

"We’re looking forward to supporting customers who are subject to HIPAA regulations on Google Cloud Platform."
- Matthew O'Connor, Google
The final HIPAA omnibus rule took effect September 2013, making Business Associates (BA), as well as subcontractors, directly liable for violations of HIPAA rules. The rule expanded the BA definition to include health information organizations, e-prescribing gateways, personal health record (PHR) providers, patient safety organizations -- all those with access to protected health information.

BAs can protect the health information they handle by utilizing low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services to proactively detect patient data privacy breaches.

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Sources:
(a) Google Cloud Gets Onboard with HIPAA - www.HealthcareITnews.com, 02/11/2014

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