Commitment to Privacy
Personally Identifiable Information
When you access and use this Site, we or our service providers may obtain data concerning that access and use. If you request information from us or register to use any limited access portions of the Site, you will be asked to provide personally identifiable information about yourself. This data may include, but is not limited to, your first name, last name, mailing address, postal/zip code, phone numbers, country and e-mail address. You may provide additional information at your discretion. We will not collect any personally identifiable information about you unless you provide it to us voluntarily. If you opt not to provide us with personally identifiable information, no material consequences will result, although there may be functionality on the Site that may be unavailable to you.
Use of Personally Identifiable Information
We may store and process your personally identifiable information in order to fulfill any requests for information that you make of us, provide you access to “members only” portions of the Site, or to better understand your needs and to learn how to improve our Site offerings. We may also use your personally identifiable information to contact you (for example, we may respond to your comments or requests for information). The Office of Dr. Sofonio will not share personal information with third parties unless we have clearly asked for and obtained your explicit consent. If you have not provided your consent, we will not share your personal information.
HIPAA “Privacy Act” Patient Consent
The Department of Health and Human Services has established a “Privacy Rule” to help insure that personal information is protected for privacy. The Privacy Rule was also created in order to provide a standard for certain health care providers to obtain their patients’ consent for uses and disclosures of health information about the patient to carry out treatment, payment, or health care operations.
As our patient we want you to know that we respect the privacy of your personal medical information and will do all we can to secure and protect that privacy. We strive to always take reasonable precautions to protect your privacy. When it is appropriate and necessary, we provide the minimum necessary information to only those we feel are in need of your health care information and information about treatment, payment or health care operations, in order to provide health care that is in your best interest.
We also want you to know that we support your full access to your personal medical records. We may have indirect treatment relationships with you (such as laboratories that only interact with physicians and not patients), and may have to disclose personal health information for purposes of treatment, payment, or health care operations. These entities are most often not required to obtain patient consent.
You may refuse to consent to the use or disclosure of your personal health information, but this must be in writing. Under this law, we have the right to refuse to treat you should you choose to refuse to disclose your Personal Health information (PHI). If you choose to give consent in this document, at some future time you may request to refuse all or part of your (PHI). You may not revoke actions that have already been taken which relied on this or a previously signed consent. If you have any objections, please ask to speak with our HIPAA Compliance Officer.
Contacting Us Regarding Your Personally Identifiable Information
If you have submitted personally identifiable information through the Site and no longer wish to be contacted, please unsubscribe at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then use reasonable efforts to change or remove you from our contacts list, unless we are entitled or required to retain it pursuant to other agreements or by law. We will use reasonable efforts to supply you with this information and correct any factual inaccuracies in this information. Notwithstanding the prior two sentences, if the laws in your state provide you with additional protections or requires us to comply with more stringent obligations to provide you with, remove, or correct your personally identifiable information, we will comply with those legal requirements.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information Collected Automatically
In some cases, we may collect information about you that is not personally identifiable. Examples of this type of information include but are not limited to the frequency of your use of the Site or the Site’s electronic correspondence to you and the route by which you choose to access the Site and your use of any available hyperlinks (e.g. using cookies and web beacons). We and our service providers, agents or advisers may process and use this data for purposes including but not limited to, planning Site development, assessing patterns of use, or to include you in e-mail or mailing lists so that we may send you information or updates and or offer you services.
“Cookies” are small text files that are either used for the duration of a session (“session cookies”), or saved on a user´s hard drive in order to identify that user the next time he/she logs on to the Site (“persistent cookies”). We may use “session cookies” to identify registered users logging in to the Site. These cookies are deleted from the server soon after the session ends and are not collected or saved. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser to prevent that, although if you do disable cookies from your browser you may not be able to access certain sections of the Site.
We use reasonable measures to protect personal information from access by unauthorized persons. This includes, among other things, standard techniques such as firewalls, encryption, intrusion detection, and site monitoring. We also use reasonable internal controls to protect personal information from misuse by our employees. Unfortunately, no electronic data or transmission can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we use reasonable measures to protect personal information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted or otherwise provided to the Site or received from the Site. This is especially true for information that is transmitted via e-mail that is unprotected until it reaches our servers. Once a transmission is received, we use the reasonable measures set forth above to secure our servers.
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