Information Collection and Use
Information Collection. In order to obtain CME/CE credits through our Website, you must register. During registration you will be asked to provide certain required and optional contact information, demographic information and unique identifiers. We also collect non-personal information from you about your use of the MedNews website and email system. Other than the information you provide at sign up, which you may update from time to time, MedNews receives no information about you from CHRISTUS Health.
Under MedNews agreement, both CHRISTUS Health and MedNews have access to and ownership rights for all user information on the website that is either branded or co-branded with CHRISTUS Health. Additionally, CHRISTUS Health is provided information about aggregate usage of the website. Users cannot opt-out of having their information provided to CHRISTUS Health. CHRISTUS Health has agreed to honor the applicable terms of this privacy statement with regard to all information collected through the website; however, this privacy statement does not cover information that you have directly provided CHRISTUS Health.
Legal Requirements. We may release personal information, if, in our judgment after review by an attorney, the release is compelled by law or regulation, or if the release is necessary to prevent the death or serious injury of an individual.
Subsidiaries. MedNews may disclose personal information to its corporate subsidiaries and sister corporations. Any personal information provided to subsidiaries or sister companies of MedNews will be treated by those subsidiaries in accordance with the terms of this privacy statement.
Aggregate Data. We create aggregate data about visitors to the MedNews Plus website to assist us in developing and improving the site and the emails that are sent to you. We also use aggregate data for market analysis. We may provide information from our website in aggregate form, with personal identifying information removed, to our Marketing Department. For example, we may inform Hospital Administration what percentage of our users resides in a particular geographical area. Depending on our agreement with the third parties, we may or may not charge our partners for this information.
CME/CE Accreditation Sponsor. Participants in the CME program on this Website must agree to permit their personally identifying information to be disclosed to our CME accreditors, the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Office of Continuing Medical Education and Projects in Knowledge, to ensure that participants receive proper CME credit. If you do not wish your personally identifying information so disclosed, then you must not participate in the CME/CE Program, and by choosing to participate in the CME/CE program you are thereby agreeing to the disclosure of your personally identifying information for the purposes outlined herein and on the CME/CE page of this website.
Third Parties. In addition to sharing aggregate data (discussed previously), we may share some kinds of information with third parties as described below.
We store information that we collect through log files and/or third parties to create a profile of our users. A profile is stored information that we keep on individual users that details their viewing preferences. Consequently, collected information is tied to the users' personally identifiable information to provide offers and improve the content of our Website for users. This profile is used to tailor a user's visit to our website, and to direct pertinent marketing promotions to the user.
Your Web browser can be set to allow you to control whether you will accept cookies, reject cookies, or to notify you each time a cookie is sent to you. If your browser is set to reject cookies, websites that are cookie-enabled will not recognize you when you return to the website, and some Website functionality may be lost. The Help section of your browser will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting cookies.
Although cookies do not normally contain personally identifiable information, if you are a registered user we may associate your registration information with cookies our Website places on your computer's hard drive. Associating a cookie with your registration data allows us to offer increased personalization and functionality. For example, you can elect to have our Website "remember" you. Without cookies, this functionality would not be possible.
We may use your personal information to provide to you advertisements, promotions and information relevant to your use of the Website. If you do not want to receive email communications, you should not subscribe or unsubscribe.
Communications from our Website
Confirmation. We send all new users a welcome email to verify passwords and usernames, as well as to confirm the information that the user has chosen to receive.
Promotional/Special Offers. Sometimes we may communicate offers to selected groups of users on behalf of other businesses. When we do this, we do not give that business your name and contact information. In other situations, we may provide you an opt-in box to consent to receiving an email from a business, and we make clear that by opting in you consent to submitting your data to that third party. You can always opt-out of receiving such emails at any time by unsubscribing.
Website and Service Announcements. We communicate with our users for Website and service announcement updates. We may send you an announcement of the introduction of a new service through our Website that may be of interest to you. On rare occasions, it also may be necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.
Customer Service. We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide the requested Content and, in regards to issues relating to their account, we reply via email or phone, in accordance with the users wishes.
Users who no longer wish to receive email communication may opt-out of receiving these communications by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 513-731-6700, ext. 42 or by unsubscribing.
Our Website contains links to other websites. Please be aware that MedNews and CHRISTUS Health are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by MedNews's Website.
Protecting your privacy and personal information is a top priority. We have taken careful measures to secure both your information and the physical location of our servers. All of our users' information is restricted in our offices. Only our associates who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. Furthermore, all associates are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Every quarter, as well as any time new policies are added, our associates are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our users' information is protected.
Deactivating Personal Information
Upon your written request, we will deactivate your account and remove your personally identifiable information from our active database, but we can maintain your personally identifiable information in our records to be used for purposes such as verification of CME or CE credits (for CME or CE program participants), fraud protection and to resolve disputes. This can be done by emailing our Customer Support at email@example.com
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