September 18, 2013

HIT Week Update:  ACU Partners with HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS on Solution for Safety Net Providers

Healthcare providers are one lost-or-stolen laptop, tablet or smartphone away from a data-theft nightmare while facing increasingly stringent federal regulations that require health data security.

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has partnered with QIP Solutions to provide their “All-in-One” HIPAA security and privacy compliance solution HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS™ to its members and affiliates.  The HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS suite of solutions is a simplified and affordable HIPAA risk assessment and management platform with online video compliance training for office staff and business associates; cloud-based risk analysis remediation & ongoing monitoring; customizable security and privacy policies, procedures and notices templates; and data breach readiness plans.  ACU members will pay no set up fee and also receive a substantial discount for the All-in-One solution, covering all software, training and documentation required to be compliant, protected and auditable.

“QIP Solutions has auditing and security experience to help the underserved health care community, while readying them to meet ongoing requirements of CMS’ meaningful use and Office of Civil Rights’ security & privacy rule audits. We’re proud to be working with ACU to support vulnerable safety net providers and provide a proven solution that works,” said Robert Zimmerman, Managing Partner of QIP Solutions & Co-Founder of HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS.

“ACU is excited to offer this important product at a tremendous savings to our members. We’re looking forward to working with HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS and QIP Solutions both now and in the future as we help expand the resources available to the safety net community to safely and accurately create, receive, maintain and transmit protected health information (PHI) to meet the stringent privacy & security requirements effective later this month,” said Craig A. Kennedy, Executive Director of ACU.

HIPAA HITECH Express was designed to be affordable and intuitive, yet comprehensive. “We’re focusing on those who are not being supported by others,” explained Co-Founder Eric Hummel, “including small-to-medium sized provider groups, hospitals and clinics in underserved rural and urban communities. They need a straight forward path to security and privacy compliance to avoid costly data breaches.”

About Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) is a nonprofit, transdisciplinary organization representing more than 8,000 clinicians, 900 organizations, and 18 professional disciplines working to improve the health of America’s underserved populations. ACU Health IT Public Policy Principles aim to guide policymakers to make informed decisions on legislation and regulations regarding health IT, with the goal of improving safety, privacy & security, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency, and equity for medically underserved populations.


HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS was developed by Rockville, Maryland-based QIP Solutions.   QIP Solutions provides cost-effective, simple, end-to-end repeatable risk management solutions and processes any organization can implement. QIP Solutions also offers local on-site technology consulting and services support through HIPAA experts and affiliation partners.  Our goals are simple, to de-mystify security, to focus on what is important, and to reduce your risk.  Find us at or 1.877.452.5303.