Scanner Apps

  • 1.  Scanner Apps

    Posted 12-02-2019 03:47 PM
    Should a BAA be in place if staff are using scanning apps such as camscanner to email documentation that contains PHI?  Essentially, they are taking a pic of the document but it saves it as a pdf.  My gut says that this is a big no no unless there is a BAA in place.

    Rebecca Marshall
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    Shiawassee County CMHA

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  • 2.  RE: Scanner Apps

    Posted 12-02-2019 04:05 PM


    Where are the pictures/documents stored? I'm assuming (please correct me) that this is a web application of some kind. If the documents are stored at the vendor's site/database/server, then even if they don't have actual access to the data then Yes, a BAA should be in place since they are "receiving/transmitting/maintaining" your ePHI.


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  • 3.  RE: Scanner Apps

    Posted 12-02-2019 04:56 PM

    I am not quite sure what you are getting at. Can you be a little more specific in your process description and inquiry?. Who is scanning the documents, your staff, temps, an outside contractor? What is being used as a scanner a desktop device connected directly to a computer, a larger scanner like a big multifunction machine, something else? Where are the pictures being stored, in the scanner, in a computer, on a remote server; and who owns the equipment? 

    When you say "camscanner" what comes to mind is an app on a smartphone that raises a bunch of red flags but I want to be sure what we are talking about before I form an opinion. 

    This group is pretty smart we'll figure it out with you. 


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  • 4.  RE: Scanner Apps

    Posted 12-03-2019 06:38 AM
    The BAA is a depends as described above. You probably want to talk to someone in IT to have them vet this with a vendor risk assessment as your step 1 though.

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