Is Google Sheets HIPAA compliant?

Google Sheets is a web-based spreadsheet tool that's part of the Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) productivity suite. It enables users to create, edit, and collaborate on spreadsheets in real-time, from anywhere, and on any device. Google Sheets supports various features, such as charts, pivot tables, and a broad range of formulas, making it a preferred choice for data analysis and collaborative work.

Sample google sheets spreadsheet

Google Sheets in healthcare

In a healthcare setting, Google Sheets can be utilized in a variety of ways. It can be used to track patient progress, schedule appointments, or manage patient data. Google Sheets can also help maintain patient records, monitor inventory, or analyze health data. It allows multiple healthcare professionals to collaborate on the same document, ensuring up-to-date information is available to all.

Google Sheets and HIPAA compliance

As part of Google Workspace, Google Sheets supports HIPAA compliance, and Google is willing to sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA). It features robust security measures such as encryption and access control. However, the healthcare organization is responsible for setting up and using Google Sheets in a way that complies with HIPAA rules, including the appropriate sharing and access settings. More information on Google's approach to HIPAA compliance can be found in their HIPAA Compliance Guide.

Staying HIPAA Compliant

Take a look at our ultimate guide to HIPAA compliant software and services for help selecting compliant service providers. Though careful vendor evaluation and selection is only one piece of the puzzle for maintaining HIPAA compliance. At TeachMeHIPAA, we offer an affordable HIPAA training solution to ensure your staff are knowledgeable in how to comply, and to help you meet your legally mandated HIPAA training requirement with ease. Learn more about our tips and tricks for maintaining compliance with our HIPAA compliance blog