Is Google Workspace for Therapists and those in private practice? Absolutely! Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite) is Google’s suite of services: Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Forms, Docs/Sheets, and more. Please note we’re talking about the paid version of Google’s suite of services. Not the free @gmail.com versions.
If you Google ‘Google Workspace for Therapists’, you’ll see a lot of results. There’s a reason for that – Google Workspace is an excellent cost-effective tool for therapists! But you’ll also see a lot of misinformation out there. In this article, we’ll dispel the myths, help you understand HOW to make Google Workspace HIPAA compliant, and the easiest way to do it!
First of all, many of us have experience using Google’s free tools, like @gmail.com email address, Google Drive, Google Meet for video calls, Docs/Sheets instead of using Microsoft’s paid tools, etc. Tools that are familiar and easy-to-use are always a plus!
Another benefit – you get a professional email address.
Paid Google Workspace subscriptions can be HIPAA compliant – the free versions can’t be. So that’s another plus for Google Workspace.
Free Google Services
Here’s what’s included in a Google Workspace subscription (which starts at $6/user for their Starter plan):
When you first purchase a Google Workspace subscription, it is NOT HIPAA compliant.
That’s right - it’s NOT HIPAA compliant right out of the box!
You need to MAKE it HIPAA compliant.
The first step is signing the BAA. Other articles about Google Workspace for Therapists may tell you that's all you need to do. That's simply not true!
The next step is properly configuring the settings.
You have a few choices:
***The consequences for not being compliant could be significant. From malicious hackers trying to steal sensitive data, to hefty regulatory fines, a serious breach can have a lasting impact on your business, and especially your reputation.
We hear from small healthcare businesses and private practice owners all the time.
They want an inexpensive way of making Google Workspace HIPAA compliant.
They don’t want to pay hundreds each month for an IT or cybersecurity firm to handle Google Workspace for them.
They’re on a tight budget but want to protect PHI and their business.
That’s why we’ve put everything we know about Google Workspace HIPAA compliance into 1 easy-to-read, step-by-step Playbook.
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Here’s a detailed look at what you’ll get:
We’ve made HIPAA compliance affordable for smaller businesses.
That’s why we’re releasing our entire process -- so you can save time and money.
By the way, this isn't some flimsy 40-page e-book that tells fear-laced stories of that one health care company that had to pay $5.5 million in HIPAA fines.
Over the past decade, we’ve discovered most clients are far more motivated to do the right thing by their patients.
You can go at your own pace, but using our Playbook will ensure you GET IT DONE!
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HIPAA can be confusing, and Google Workspace was not made with HIPAA in mind. That’s why we created the HIPAA Playbook – so you know exactly what to consider and what to change in order to protect PHI.
Get the Playbook, get HIPAA compliant, and get back to taking worry-free care of your patients!