Posts tagged BAA
Why You Shouldn't Use a Free Gmail Account and What To Do If You Are

Are you an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) working in the United States? Then you are obligated to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act. This basically means that you must be very, very careful in how you store your clients' information and how you communicate with them--and you may have no idea how some of the practices you take for granted may be putting Protected Health Information (PHI) at risk.

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Getting PHI Out of a Free Gmail Account with the Fewest Tears Possible

So let's say you read my book or even just my last blog post, and you are now freaking out because you have been using a free Gmail account to communicate with your clients. You may have thousands of emails, every single of of which contains Protected Health Information (PHI). 

You may think your only option is the nuclear one, where you delete all of your emails, and that certainly would do the trick. But what if you want to preserve the contents of those emails? You're going to need to get that PHI out of the free account and into a secure account, and I'm going to give you a workflow to make that happen in an systematized, efficient, and thorough way.

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