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ecfirst, home of The HIPAA Academy™, specializes in delivering IT services to the healthcare and financial industries. ecfirst, in business since 1999, was recognized as an Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held business in the United States in its first year of eligibility. With a consistent annualized growth rate of over 115%, ecfirst and the HIPAA Academy™ have established an organization with deep hands-on experience in IT services and a who’s who client list that includes BCBS affiliates, several hospitals, federal, state and county governments/agencies and hundreds of other organizations.

Over the years, ecfirst has formed strategic partnerships with RSA, IBM, ISS, Sun, CompTIA, and Computer Associates (CA). The business employs over 30 professionals with a diversity of skilled backgrounds that include Web application development, InfoSec consulting, HIPAA consulting, project management, risk analysis and contingency planning. In addition, the organization has a dedicated team of employment recruiters focused on fulfilling client staffing project requirements.

The ecfirst Vision

Enable secure processes and capabilities.

The ecfirst Mission

Enhance client business through the application of specific processes, technologies, industry knowledge, and regulatory experiences.

Our Mantra, Karma and Dharma

Execute all client business with the utmost devotion and passion.

ecfirst has designed and implemented world-class solutions for many leading firms in the government, health care, financial, and insurance arenas. These solutions have been deployed using a combination of the following technologies and frameworks:

  • HIPAA Regulations
  • RSA Security, ISS, Checkpoint, Cisco, Axent, and Nortel Products
  • Fingerprint-based biometrics solutions
  • Java Application Framework (JSP, EJB, JDBC,JavaBeans)
  • IBM e-business Applications Framework
  • Unix, Linux, Windows NT/2000 and AS 400 systems
  • Microsoft Visual Studio.Net

The HIPAA Academy™ delivers solutions in the areas of security risk analysis, vulnerability assessment, wireless security, contingency planning, professional services, advisory services, InfoSec policy development, audit and evaluation and HIPAA training and certification. HIPAA Academy™ clients include hospitals, long term care and other providers, insurance firms, BCBS affiliates, several State governments, including the State of Oregon, Iowa and Illinois, as well as many county governments.

The co-founder of the organization, Uday Ali Pabrai, CISSP, CHSS, is a renowned expert in Information Security and regulatory compliance. Ali is the creator of bizSHIELDtm: The Seven Steps to Enterprise Security™ as well as HIPAAShield™: The Seven Steps to HIPAA Security Compliance Methodology.

Ali is a subject matter expert with practical, real-world experience. Ali’s twenty years of security experience enable us to move quickly and effectively to deal with our clients’ security needs. He acts as a regulatory compliance and security subject matter expert to our team on both security and HIPAA related client initiatives.

Access to timely information that can be accessed securely is increasingly becoming as valuable as the stethoscope in the health care industry. Physicians, nurses, patients, and all end clients need immediate access to vital information. IT is not a luxury but a critical necessity in the health care industry. The services that the HIPAA Academy specializes in are:

  • Healthcare IT Services
  • HIPAA Compliance Services
  • Healthcare Professional Staffing
  • HIPAA Training and Certification
  • HIPAA Tools and Products

Employing talented and motivated individuals with the proper skill set is a key focus for ecfirst. ecfirst is a privately owned Corporation headquartered in Waukee, Iowa with an additional corporate office in the greater Chicago area. You will find ecfirst to be an organization of humility that labors hard to execute client initiatives

Talk to us today about how we can assist your initiatives, address your challenges. We can be reached at +1.877.899.9974 x23