Google Cloud Platform Gains HIPAA Agreement Support
Google Cloud Platform now includes the availability of Business Associates Agreements (BAAs) for customers who must prove HIPAA support.Google Cloud Platform has added support for HIPAA-mandated Business Associates Agreements (BAAs), which will help health care organizations comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when using the Google Cloud Platform for their applications. The BAA support, which will allow organizations to build and deploy their health care applications on the Google Cloud Platform and comply with the HIPAA requirements, was announced by Matthew O'Connor, product manager for the unit, in a Feb. 5 post on the Google Cloud Platform Blog. "To serve developers who want to build these applications on Google's infrastructure, we're announcing support for Business Associates Agreements (BAAs) for our customers," wrote O'Connor. "A BAA is the contract between a Covered Entity (you, the developer) and their Business Associate (Google) covering the handling of HIPAA-protected information." HIPAA is the federal law that establishes standards around privacy, security and breach notification in the handling and storage of health care records for patients. The establishment of HIPAA regulations has meant that patient records are more secure and must be handled with more care by health care organizations.
"When you're building a healthcare-related application, not only do you need the right code and a reliable user experience, sometimes it feels like you need to be a lawyer too" since the rise of HIPAA rules, wrote O'Connor. "Often, there are several additional steps to take into consideration."