This policy tells you, among other things, who operates this website, for whom it is operated, what information we gather from you, how we may use or disclose that information and our efforts to protect it. Please read this policy carefully, and feel free to contact us email@example.com if you have any questions regarding its contents.
This website is operated on behalf of Brigham & Women’s Hospital by MD Connect, Inc. Its content has been reviewed and approved by representatives of Brigham & Women’s Hospital, who assume all responsibility for the accuracy of information contained herein.
Types of Information Collected
In connection with your use of our site, we ask for and may collect a variety of information from and about you in different ways. For example, when you complete the contact form, we ask for and store your name, email address, phone #, other identifying contact data, and some limited medical symptom data. Some of this may be considered Personal Health Information (“PHI”) and covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). By using our site, including the contact form, you consent to the transmission of information via MD Connect, Inc. and its technology providers to Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
Use of Information
Our use of any information you provide is governed by a Business Associate Agreement between Brigham & Women’s Hospital and MD Connect, Inc. This agreement provides for appropriate safeguards and protections outlined by HIPAA to insure the privacy and security of your personal health information. The only use of this PHI is to pass it along to Brigham & Women’s Hospital for follow-up and contact, and to maintain archived copies at MD Connect for purposes of measurement and back-up.
We may combine your personally-identifying information, and information about your preferences and activities, with those of all or a particular group of our users to prepare collective profiles of our users and their activities. For example, we may track the number of our users who view certain pages or use certain features or compile the volume of users visiting the site and using our services in a particular geographic region. Such information, and other information we derive from individual users’ information, allows us to refine the website and related marketing and communications.
Disclosure of Information
Aside from the two parties mentioned above, we will not disclose your personal information to anyone else, unless compelled by law: We may disclose information to fulfill certain legal and regulatory requirements or if we believe, in good faith, that such disclosure is legally required or necessary to protect others’ rights or to prevent harm.
At any time after you have logged on to our site, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org request access to information we have collected regarding you or to notify us of changes to such information. If you request any such changes, we will contact you by email or fax to confirm those changes. Once confirmed, any new item of information will replace the corresponding information previously provided.
Transmission of your personal information from your computer to ours is encrypted. We share this information with Brigham & Women’s Hospital. The mode of sharing is, at their option, either through a secure portal or through an unencrypted email.
Please remember that you play a valuable part in security as well. After you have finished using our site, you should exit your browser so no unauthorized persons can use our site. Remember that any information you voluntarily disclose on-line in any news or message postings, discussion groups or chat rooms may be collected and used by others without your permission. Furthermore, if you provide any information to parties who operate websites that are linked to or from our site, different rules may apply to their collection, use or disclosure of your personal information. We encourage you to review these sites’ policies before revealing any sensitive or personal information.
Regardless of the precautions taken by you or by us, “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet. We cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you transmit such information at your own risk.
It may be necessary from time to time for us to modify this policy to reflect changes in the way we collect and use information or changes in privacy-related laws, regulations, and industry standards. Accordingly, we reserve the right to change this policy at any time by posting the revised policy on this website. This policy was posted on 2/8/2016. Data will be handled in accordance with the policy in effect.