We believe that your health information belongs to you, so we put you in control. Want to store your health records online? Here's how we keep your data safe and private.
Online health services that are integrated with Google Health must comply with our Google Health Developer Policies, which establish strict privacy standards for how they collect, use, and share your information. It's up to you if you want to share your health information with any of these services.
How does Google Health protect my privacy?
Will others -- like my employer or my insurance company -- be able to access the information I store in Google Health?
You, and only you, control access to your health information when you use Google Health. It's really up to you to choose who views or adds information to your Google Heath profile, and you can revoke access at any time.
How does Google Health keep my health information secure?
We use software, hardware, and strict policies to keep your health information safe and private.
The health information users store with us is protected by state-of-the-art technologies, including Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption, firewalls, alarms, and other technology we build ourselves or buy from other experts in the security industry. We have extensive backup systems in place to protect the integrity of this information. Google's servers are protected by strong physical security at our facilities, including pass codes, locks, and security personnel.
Procedural safeguards are also in place to secure the health information users store with us. Within Google, only the people who are operating and improving Google Health have access to user information, and they are bound by strict policies to not disclose this information to others, either within Google or to the outside world.
Is Google Health covered by HIPAA?
Unlike a doctor or health plan, Google Health is not regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a federal law that establishes data confidentiality standards for patient health information. This is because Google does not store data on behalf of health care providers. Instead, our primary relationship is with you, the user. Under HIPAA, you have a right to obtain a copy of your medical records. If you choose to use Google Health, we'll help you store and manage your medical records online.
Check out more information on Google Health and HIPAA.
Why are there changes to the Google Health Privacy and Developer Policies?
What are the changes to the Google Health Developer Policies?
There are a few changes to the Google Health Developer Policies we would like to highlight for you.