These Myths and Facts can help you make the right e-mail decisions. I have included links to give you more details and so you can see the official information yourself.
MYTH – All e-mail systems are HIPAA compliant.
FACT— FALSE. Free web mail services like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, and those provided by an Internet Service Provider are not secure and no electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) should be sent through these systems, either in messages or attachments. In 2012, an Arizona medical practice paid a $ 100,000 penalty for sending mail from an Internet-based e-mail account. They also used a publicly-accessible online calendar for patient scheduling.