QuPS.org Policy regarding Your Private Information

As health care organizations in the US and around the world strive to improve the quality of their care, a credible, easily accessible resource is necessary to provide them with trusted content and a forum to collaborate with their peers. Patients are demanding better care, and clinicians and managers, confronting a system that is under great stress, need to know how to provide it. Among the most important forms of support are access to improvement knowledge, routes to new practices, and ways to connect with experts and colleagues who have led change. QuPS.org strives to make these interactions possible.

QuPS.org, LLC, the developers of the content on QuPS.org, believe that you have the right to know how any personal information you provide may be used or disclosed. You take your privacy seriously, and we respect your concerns. Accordingly, we have created this Privacy Statement in order to describe how we collect information, what we do with it, and what controls you have. Please read it carefully, and if you have any questions or concerns, please send us a comment at info@qups.org.

Unless otherwise indicated, this Privacy Statement applies only to information collected via the QuPS.org website, and not to any other activities or websites of QuPS.org, LLC. "Information" means information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address, phone number, areas of interest or data related to your improvement work or credit card information, and other information about you that is not otherwise publicly available. This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that QuPS.org, LLC does not own or control, or to people that QuPS.org, LLC does not employ or manage.

Gathering of Information

We collect data from you ("Information") in different ways and on many different parts of our website including: when you register for QuPSorg; when you participate in Community features including discussion groups, when you download or use interactive tools; when you comment on content; when you use the search function; when you share your experience, tools and other resources; when you rate content on the site; or even when you are just perusing the site and reading content.

Use of Information

We may collect Information that you choose to share with us when you register for the website or send us an email or complete a contact form. This Information is only collected with your permission and may be updated or deleted by you at any time. If you choose these options during your registration, we may use your Information to send you a newsletter or email messages with updates and notices concerning new content posted to the site and/or products or services that we think might be of interest to you. Completing the registration information allows us to better understand you, your position, your organization type and interests. If at any time you would like to stop getting this email information you can do so by updating your Profile.

When visiting any website, your browser sends information to the site's hosting server identifying the browser you are using, your Internet Service Provider, the page you last visited, and the page you are currently visiting. We log this Information. We may also track and catalog the search terms that you enter in search forms. We make use of a standard feature of browser software called a "cookie" that helps us recognize you when you visit. We store your email address in a cookie file and place the file on the hard drive of your computer. Most browsers accept cookies. However, if you wish, you can usually set your browser to refuse cookies. If you set your browser to refuse cookies, you will need to login to the site each time you visit.

Access to Information

QuPS.org, LLC and its employees have access to your Information. We use all of this Information to administer and improve the operations of QuPS.org, LLC and the information provided on QuPS.org. Aggregate Information or data on visitors to our site and how the site is being used, including the pages users are viewing, will also be logged. Aggregate data does not identify individuals but rather describes data as a whole. We may also share aggregate Information with market analysts, advertisers, business partners, sponsors, and any other third parties.

We may allow third party service providers and consultants access to Information on an as-needed basis. We may also share Information as required by law or to cooperate with legal authorities in a criminal investigation.

Third Parties/Links

QuPS.org links to other sites. Please recognize that we cannot control the use or security of your Information once it leaves our hands. If you have any concerns regarding the security or privacy of our affiliates, we encourage you to review their privacy policies or even to contact them directly. QuPS.org and QuPS.org, LLC are not responsible for the privacy practices, data collection, security or content of other websites. We treat any Information we receive from third parties as carefully as the Information you provide to us directly.

Please remember that when you respond to a classified advertisement by email you are sending information to a third party and not to QuPS.org or QuPS.org, LLC. We cannot control the use or security of any Information that you send to a third party, so please be careful.

Interactive Functionality

QuPS.org and QuPS.org, LLC encourage your participation through interactive functionality on the website including public discussion groups, search features, interactive tools, rating or commenting on content, and sharing improvement stories, resources and tools.

Please remember that the text you submit to QuPS.org in a discussion group or as a comment on content is immediately viewable on the site by the general public.

You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose any sensitive Information on QuPS.org. Never give out personal Information like your name, address, phone number, or social security number. Never give out Information about an organization, a patient, or another person if you do not have the express authority or permission to share that Information publicly. Never submit content to QuPS.org if you do not have the express authority or permission to share that Information publicly.


We use industry-standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption technology, a secure server, and other physical and procedural safeguards to protect the security of your personal Information. Please understand, however, that no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our databases, nor can we guarantee that the Information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet. Please keep your password private. We will never ask for it by phone or email, and neither should anyone else.

You may wish to delete unknown email attachments before opening them as they can contain destructive viruses. Remember that nothing you write on the Web is completely private – including email.

Viewing and Updating Your Information

We currently have no way for you to view and correct your Information,. Please note that you must contact us with your private user name and password to change your Profile.

By using QuPS.org, you consent to the collection and use of your Information as we have outlined in this Privacy Statement and our Terms of Use. If you do not agree to our policy, you may not use QuPS.org. We may change our policies at any time and without prior notice. If we decide to change this Privacy Statement, we will post the changes to this page so that users may be aware of our actions. Your continued use of QuPS.org following a posting of changes to this Privacy Statement will mean that you accept those changes.

Revision date: December 28, 2005

Questions or Concerns about Our Privacy Policy

For questions or concerns about our QuPS.org Privacy Policy, please send an email to info@QuPS.org.