THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is legislation enacted by the federal government to:
- Ensure health insurance portability
- Reduce health care fraud and abuse
- Guarantee the privacy and confidentiality of health information
- Simplify the administration of health care systems
CIR’S Privacy and Data Usage Policies
CIR’s “Data Usage Policy,” sets out how Chronic Illness Recovery may use and disclose non-personal browsing and site usage data that it collects as the provider of the CIR website.
“Personal information” means information that would allow a party to identify you such as, for example, your name, age, address or location, telephone number, email address, disease state, nationality or ethnicity.
Chronic Illness Recovery will, at all times, strive to handle the information and data collected through our Website in a diligent and professional manner. “Data” includes not only your personal information but also your non-personal browsing and site usage data.
- Privacy policies and data collection and use policies should be, written in plain English (or the relevant language), comprehensive, and easy to locate;
- Only the minimum amount of information reasonably necessary to provide our services should be collected and retained, for so long as we reasonably need it or as required by law; all data provided by you or obtained through your use of the website will automatically belong to CIR and CIR will have no duty to return it or make it available to you. We urge all patients and practitioners to keep duplicate records of any correspondence or postings on our site. CIR may collect data for the purpose of research or education.
- Information you provide to us, or that we gather about you through our website service, will not be used for marketing or advertising purposes, nor will it be provided to anyone else without your permission.
- Unless restricted or prohibited by law, all reasonable efforts will be made to notify you if Chronic Illness Recovery is required to provide a third party with your personal information.
- All CIR staff, volunteers and contractors who could become privy to personal information will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with CIR as a precondition to commencing work with the organization.
- CIR will not have any obligation with respect to personal information that becomes publicly available without a breach by us hereunder.
What CIR does with the Personal Information
We have the technical capability to collect personal information at several places on the website, including without limitation information you provide by:
- posting on the site
- sending an email to us;
- filling out any form required to enroll in our counseling services
- donating money to us or purchasing our counseling service; and
- posting your Patient Reports on the Website.
We use the personal information you provide to us to assess your health status and respond appropriately to your reports; to contact you via phone, fax or email when required. Your enrollment form is kept in a secure area online that may be accessed only by the Registered Nurse consultants and mentors.
We use the personal information you provide to us when you send us emails in order to respond to your request — for example, to reply to your email or to send you communications about news and events related to Chronic Illness Recovery.
Your messages will be posted under a pseudonym (user name). This user name should not contain any personally identifying information nor should it contain information that might identify a physician. Your Patient Reports will be accessible by other patients and physicians in our counseling program. You may choose to limit any possible identifying information you post in your Patient Report but certain information will be necessary to assist in the counseling process.
When you donate money to CIR or pay for counseling services via our donation page, your personal information will be handled in one of two ways, depending on which option you choose.
- If you request monthly billing for counseling services delivered via post, we will use your personal information for the purpose of sending you a monthly statement.
- You may donate money to Chronic Illness Recovery directly or through a variety of on-line payment sites, including PayPal, the Amazon Honor System, Just-Give.org, Good Search, Network for Good, and Mission Fish, among others.
When you donate money to Chronic Illness Recovery directly, we will use your personal information to process your donation.
When you are accepted into our counseling program, you will be required to provide personal information to create your account and establish a password and profile. We will use that personal information to establish and maintain your account and for the purpose of contacting you about upcoming news and events relevant to Chronic Illness Recovery. That information will not be accessible to other participants.
Physicians have the opportunity to post messages in the Physicians' Forum. Any information posted there may only be viewed and responded to by other physicians, the nurse consultants and designated mentors who have entered into a legally binding Confidentiality Agreement with CIR. Access will be strictly controlled by password identification and under no circumstances will patient participants be given access to this forum.
Disclosures of Personal Information
In general, it is not Chronic Illness Recovery’s practice to disclose personal information to third parties. We may share personal information in the following instances:
- Website maintenance : Chronic Illness Recovery may share non-personal browsing and site usage data with our contractors and service providers in order to maintain, enhance, or add to the functionality of the Website.
- Medical necessity:CIR may, at its professional discretion, share the patient’s personal information with their Designated Caregiver/s or Relatives (listed on their enrollment form) and their physicians for the purpose of assisting with the counseling process.
- General necessity: CIR may, at its professional discretion, share information with third parties who have executed CIR’s standard Confidentiality Agreement.
Security of Personal Information Collected via the Website
Chronic Illness Recovery has implemented reasonable measures to protect against unauthorized access to and unlawful interception or processing of personal information that Chronic Illness Recovery stores and controls. However, no website can fully eliminate security risks. Third parties may circumvent our security measures to unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. We will post a reasonably prominent notice to the Website as soon as we are aware that a security breach has occurred. CIR will take no responsibility for any harm resulting from such a security breach
Data Usage Policy:Non Personal Browsing and Site Usage Information
Our Data Usage Policy covers how we maintain and use information about you that is collected by our Website and server logs, including when you log into our website.
Non Personal Information We Collect
When you use the Website, our servers (which may be hosted by a third party service provider) may collect information indirectly and automatically (through, for example, the use of your “IP address”) about your activities while visiting the Website and information about the browser you are using.
We do not intentionally link browsing information or server logs to the personal information you submit to us. We use this information for internal purposes only, such as to help understand how the Website is being used, to improve our Website and the features we provide, and for systems administration purposes. CIR may use a third party analytics provider to help us collect and analyze non personal information through operation of our Website for those same purposes.
No Selling or Sharing
Consistent with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personal information from anyone under the age of 13 without requiring parental consent. Any person who provides their personal information to CIR through the Websites represents that they are 13 years of age or older. CIR may require proof of age if it has reason to believe a patient is under the age of 13.
Special Note to International Users
CIR’s Website is hosted in the United States and is subject to regulation under applicable state and the federal law of the United States. If you are accessing the Website from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use and disclosure that differ from United States laws, please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States which does not have the same data protection laws as the EU and other regions. By providing your personal data you consent to:
- the transfer of your personal data to the United States where it will be subject to the laws of the United States and the state of Texas.
All information and content on this website and forum are protected by copyright. All rights are reserved. Users are prohibited from modifying, copying, distributing, transmitting, displaying, publishing, selling, licensing, creating derivative works, or using any information available on or through the site for commercial or public purposes without written permission.
Pages visible to the general public and documents in the Library of Information may be printed for personal use only (e.g. to give to your medical practitioner or family members).
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Updated February 27, 2016