Dermatology Specialists’ website allows users to view health-related information, communicate with our offices and arrange for clinical visits, share limited patient information via new and existing patient forms as well as access information about additional services we provide.
All of your protected health information maintained by Dermatology Specialists, including information you provide on the website, is also subject to the Notices of Privacy Practices issued by Dermatology Specialists under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). The Notices of Privacy Practices may contain additional provisions relating to the use and disclosure of your information that goes beyond the terms of this Privacy Statement.
Use and disclosure of health information include using the information to provide treatment to the individual, to make payments for such treatment, and to conduct ongoing quality improvement activities. Our use and disclosure of an individual’s personal information (including health information) are limited as required by state and federal law. We will not give, sell, rent, share, or trade any of your personal information with any third party except as outlined in this Policy or with your consent.
The website has security measures in place that are intended to help protect against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access or alteration of information under our control. These measures include encrypted connection, HIPAA compliance, and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). Despite these measures, the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to or from us via the website by internet, text message or email cannot be guaranteed. At your discretion, you may contact us at the mailing address or telephone number listed in the “Questions and Contact” section at the end of this Privacy Statement.
Revisions to the Privacy Statement
We may revise this Privacy Statement from time to time as we add new features or modify the way in which we manage information, or as laws change that may affect our services. If we make material changes to our Privacy Statement, we will post notice of this on our website prior to the changes becoming effective. Any revised Privacy Statement will apply both to information we already have about you at the time of the change, and any personal information created or received after the change takes effect. We include a version number on this Privacy Statement consisting of the date (year, month, and day) it was last revised. We encourage you to periodically reread this Privacy Statement, to see if there have been any changes to our policies that may affect you.
Collecting, Using and Disclosing Personal Information
We may collect the following personal information from you:
Information We Collect Automatically When You Use the Website
When you access or use Services, we automatically collect information about you, including:
Use of Information
We may use information about you for various purposes, including to:
We may disclose personal information:
Evaluation and Quality Improvement
We may periodically ask users to complete surveys asking about their experiences with features of the website. Our surveys may ask visitors for demographic information such as age, gender, and education, but will not request that users provide specific information about any medical condition. We use survey information for evaluation and quality improvement purposes, including helping us to improve information and services offered through the websites. In addition, users giving feedback may be individually contacted for follow-up due to concerns raised during the course of such evaluation.
Messages and Transactions
Comments or questions sent to us will be shared with the Dermatology Specialists staff and health care provider(s) on our team who are most able to address your concerns. We will archive your messages once we have made our best effort to provide you with a complete and satisfactory response. Some of our services such as our automated appointment selection may interact directly with our other data systems. Data about your transaction may be stored in these systems, and available to people who test and support these systems.
Credit Card Transaction
If you provide us with your credit card information for payments, we will treat your credit card number in a secure manner.
If a user makes a request to receive information in an ongoing manner through the website by providing an email address or mobile phone number the user may request to discontinue future mailings or messages. Similarly, if you receive information about our services through email you may make a request to discontinue receiving similar messages in the future. All such materials sent to you by email will contain information about how to opt-out.
Other Requests to Limit Use and Disclosure of Your Personal Information
State and federal laws may allow you to request that we limit our uses and disclosures of your personal information for treatment, payment, and health care operations purposes. We will consider all requests and, if we deny your request, we will notify you in writing. Federal law requires us to agree to your request to restrict disclosures to a health plan or insurer relating to specific health care services if you have paid for those services in full.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Links to Third-Party Websites
Our website may include links to other websites whose privacy practices may differ from those of Dermatology Specialists. If you submit personal information to any of those sites, we want to remind you that your information is governed by their privacy statements. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy statement of any website you visit.
Questions and Contact
If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, our policies and practices concerning this website, or your rights under this statement you can contact our team at [email protected]