Did you know that the privacy and security of patients are paramount when handling Protected Health Information (PHI) under HIPAA? If you’re not familiar with this acronym, it is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. This act outlines strict guidelines on how patient data can be handled while staying compliant at all times. In this blog post, we’ll answer some questions about how to stay compliant when using Grammarly and offer tips for making sure you stay HIPAA compliant while using our software. You see, Grammarly does not store user content or private information; however, as a standalone software solution, it does pose some risks if used improperly.
What is the Grammarly Commitment to Data Security and Compliance?
When Grammarly first launched in 2011, our founders recognized that language is a powerful force, not just for communication but for influence. Knowing that words have the power to make or break reputations, relationships, and even the results of elections, the Grammarly team set out to ensure that the platform was safe, secure, and compliant. Since day one, Grammarly has been committed to protecting user data and maintaining full compliance with HIPAA, GDPR, and other data security laws and regulations. To do this, Grammarly uses a variety of security technologies, including SSL encryption and tokenization.
Why is it important to be HIPAA compliant?
Health information, as defined by HIPAA, is any information that can identify a patient’s condition, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, or related circumstances. This information can be written on paper or stored digitally on your device, your computer, or online. People who are subject to HIPAA regulations include healthcare providers, insurance companies, government agencies, and any other party that handles patient data. If you’re handling PHI, you have to comply with strict guidelines to protect and safeguard this data. Why? Because improperly sharing or storing PHI can have serious consequences. Penalties for non-compliance can be as high as $50,000 per breach.
How Does Grammarly Respect Your Health Data Privacy?
Grammarly respects the privacy of your health information when you communicate with our support team. You can also select to remain anonymous when sending your documents to our editors. When you upload content to the Grammarly Editor, our system converts your content into a series of codes. This means no one can read your original text, including Grammarly. The conversion is performed by our end-to-end encryption algorithm. This conversion is performed automatically every time you correct your document and every time you choose to upload a document to our platform. It also means that Grammarly cannot comply with health information requests.
Grammarly’s Limitations When It Comes to HIPAA Compliance
Although Grammarly does not store user content or private information, it does rely on third-party services to provide essential services, like sending emails and storing users’ documents. While Grammarly uses a variety of technologies to protect your information, such as SSL encryption, tokenization, and firewalls, third-party services may or may not provide the same level of security. Depending on the third-party services you are using, they may or may not be HIPAA compliant. This is why it is so important to select services that are dedicated to protecting your privacy and upholding your right to confidentiality.
Three Ways Grammarly Helps You Stay Compliant while Complying with HIPAA Requirements