business associate agreement

Luke Schierer lschiere at
Mon Jun 1 14:58:32 EDT 2015

Do you need a similar agreement with Microsoft for your use of Windows? Word? Excel? 
Do you need a similar agreement with the vendor of your appointment scheduling vendor?

Basically, I highly doubt that HIPPA requires that you sign a "business associate agreement" with every software vendor you use. 


On Mon, Jun 01, 2015 at 01:26:53PM -0500, Catherine Galle wrote:
> Hello,
> We are interested in using pidgin with the otr plugin for messaging between
> staff, as pidgin-otr has high ratings/reviews. We are a doctor's office and
> therefore governed by the rules of HIPAA. Would it be possible to get a
> business associate agreement between our company and pidgin?
> Sincerely,
> Catherine

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