Effective Date: April 15, 2014
HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices
For information on how we collect and use medical and health information protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), please review our Notice of Privacy Practices located at ssmhealth.com/system.
How We Collect and Use Personal Information
Generally, you may visit and use the public portion of this Website without submitting any personally-identifiable information to SSM. However, we do collect any personal information that you provide while visiting this Website or submit to us via email. This may include your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and other contact information, and any other personal information that you submit when setting up an account, filling out an application, requesting that we contact you, responding to a survey or questionnaire, sending an email, or otherwise submitting or posting content on this Website. We use this personal information for the purposes made apparent at the time of collection, as well as to communicate with you, monitor and improve the quality of this Website and our services, and as otherwise required or permitted under applicable law. Transmittal of emails to this Website may not be private. We do not, however, sell or otherwise distribute information provided by you to any third party not affiliated with SSM.
You may be required to submit certain information in order to access certain private areas of this Website. For example, you may be required to choose a username and password, and may be asked to set account preferences and provide certain additional information. You also may be permitted to post certain content for public viewing on this Website. Please consider carefully the types of personal information and other content that you post for public viewing on this Website. Most areas of this Website may be viewed by the general public. We have no control over, and disclaim all responsibility or liability for, how other users may respond to, use, or misuse the content that you post for public viewing on this Website, or for any actions taken by other users online or offline.
Certain types of non-personal information may be collected automatically when you visit this Website. For instance, we may collect the IP address of the computer you are using; the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet; the Internet address of the Website from which you linked to this Website; the type of browser you are using; and time and date stamp information. We do not treat this non-personally identifiable information as personal information, unless it is combined with contact, account or similar information that personally identifies you.
Like many Websites, this Website may use session-based or persistent "cookies" or similar technologies to offer a personalized experience when using this Website. We use these technologies to enhance and facilitate use of this Website. Some areas of this Website may require cookies, and cannot be used without enabling cookies. If you are concerned about cookies stored on your computer, we encourage you to follow your web browser’s guidance for deleting cookies after completing a browsing session.
How We Share Personal Information
We do not rent, sell or otherwise distribute your personal information to unaffiliated third parties for mass marketing purposes. We may share personal information collected through this Website with our affiliated entities and our strategic business partners, or with other entities made apparent at the time of collection. Our affiliates and business partners may use the information to provide information or services requested by you, and as otherwise required or permitted under applicable law. We also may share personal information with companies that perform services on our behalf, including companies that provide Website hosting, technical support, credit card processing and data storage services.
We may disclose your personal information when we believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (including a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce the terms that govern your use of this Website; and to protect the rights, property or safety of our Website, other users, or third parties. We reserve the right to report to appropriate law enforcement or government agencies any activities that we, in good faith, believe to be harmful or unlawful, with or without providing notice to you.
All personal information and other content submitted by you to us is treated as a business asset, and may be transferred to another organization in connection with any business or asset sale, merger, acquisition, consolidation, reorganization, dissolution, liquidation, or similar transaction or event.
Links to Third-Party Websites
This Website may contain links to Websites not owned or operated by SSM. The inclusion of these links should not be construed as any sort of affiliation, sponsorship, endorsement or approval. When you access a third-party Website, you do so at your own risk. You should review the privacy policies of other Websites carefully before providing any information to such Websites. SSM shall not be responsible or liable for any information, products or services available on or through any third party Website, or for any third party Website’s privacy practices. SSM makes no warranties, whatsoever, express or implied, including warranties to accuracy, completeness or timeliness, concerning information contained on any third party Website linked through this Website.
We implement measures to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of sensitive personal information under our control and not otherwise publicly posted on this Website. However, please bear in mind that no Website or data transmission over the Internet is totally secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee the security of any personal information you provide on or through this Website.
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