Posted On: Jul 28, 2015

You can use AWS to build applications that are compliant with the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), using services that are covered under the AWS Business Associate Agreement (BAA). The AWS BAA now covers three new services: Amazon RDS (relational databases; MySQL and Oracle engines only), Amazon DynamoDB (NoSQL database), and Amazon EMR (big data processing).

With the addition of these services, AWS can be used to build HIPAA-compliant applications that cover the entire healthcare analytics pipeline, from data ingestion; to analysis using popular big data processing tools; through output to object storage, to a relational or non-relational database, to a data warehouse, or to a long-term archive. The most recent information on configuring these services for HIPAA applications can be found in our whitepaper.

If you already have an executed BAA with AWS, no action is necessary to begin using these services in the account(s) covered by your BAA. If you do not have an executed BAA with AWS or have any other questions about HIPAA-compliant applications on AWS, please contact us and we will put you in touch with a representative from our team.