Launching today: Zoom for Health at U-M, HIPAA-aligned video conferencing

April 2, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Zoom video conferencing, which launched across U-M on March 17, is now available for use with HIPAA and PHI information. Known as Zoom for Health at U-M, it can be used for patient/provider appointments, medical center meetings and research collaboration involving patient information. 

All Michigan Medicine faculty and staff, and School of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, and School of Nursing received a Zoom for Health account. You can confirm you are in Zoom for Health by going to your profile at login, and looking for the URL in your profile. 

Michigan Medicine users with an existing U-M Zoom account were automatically transitioned to Zoom for Health as of April 2. All users should log in with their umich email:

Visit the U-M zoom for health online portal and download the apps

Zoom is versatile and easy to use. It offers increased user interactivity with features like polling, hand raise functionality, breakout rooms, profile customization and more. Use it on your computer or mobile device with the ability to use it with AV systems to come. It fits well alongside BlueJeans and Skype for Business, which will continue to be available.  

A Zoom for Health account offers additional security controls, including end-to-end encryption for video conferencing and chat, recording restrictions (i.e., recordings can be saved on a local drive only, not the cloud) and additional host access controls. Visit the ITS website for more information.

Learning how to use Zoom for Health is easy with a multitude of short videos and live or recorded training to learn about the features like securing your meeting, using breakout rooms and more. 

Attend a live training specifically for zoom for health today, April 2, at 3 p.m., or on Wednesday, April 8, from 10-11 a.m.

Finally, you may be wondering, why another video conference platform?

Jack Kufahl, HITS Deputy CIO, said: “Zoom provides features and options that were not available with other solutions at our disposal. In partnership with ITS, we are excited to provide this platform to Michigan Medicine in order to assist with remote work, virtual care and online learning with increased accessibility for all types of meetings.”

See a comparison of BlueJeans, Skype for Business, and Zoom features.