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Terms and Conditions

Welcome. These Terms of Service (the “Terms of Service”) form a legally binding agreement between you (“you”, “your”, “patient”, etc.) and Rocket Doctor Inc. located at 10 Capreol Court, Toronto, Ontario (“Rocket Doctor”, “us”, “ours”, “we”, etc.) with respect to your access and use of our website(s), our platform and our provided services, as described in these Terms of Service (“website”, “platform”). The Rocket Doctor Privacy Policy is incorporated by reference into, and accordingly is part of these Terms of Service, and collectively form our agreement (“Agreement”).


Refund Policy: All appointments are nonrefundable. Refunds will not be provided for any purchases made via Rocket Doctor, even if you cancel your appointment subsequent to payment but prior to your physician or allied care professional visit.


1. About Rocket Doctor

We founded Rocket Doctor to put advanced diagnostics into a family’s home, enabling individuals to make the right decision about whether or not to visit a provider or emergency department. Rocket Doctor connects individuals via link at-home diagnostics to video telemedicine. Our web-based service for applications, video conferencing messaging and scheduling to connect patients and providers for non-emergency medical related issues (collectively, the “Services”). 

You acknowledge and agree that the Services provided by Rocket Doctor under this Agreement are limited only to facilitating communication between you and an online medical professional (“medical professional”). Medical professionals, including the advice they provide, are independent from Rocket Doctor. Rocket Doctor does not provide professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

 

2. Privacy Statement

We collect, use, disclose, retain and otherwise process personal information via our Services as detailed in our Privacy Policy, available at https://adracare.com/privacy-policy. You must review our Privacy Policy prior to agreeing to these Terms of Service.

 

3. These Terms and Service May Change

We reserve the right to modify the terms of this Agreement and our Services at any time, effective upon posting of an updated version of this Agreement. You are responsible for regularly reviewing this Agreement. Continued use of our Services after any such changes means that you agree and consent to any and all such changes.

 

4. Term

The term of this Agreement will commence on the date you create a User Account (see section 6) to use the Services (by your online acceptance of this Agreement) and continues until terminated in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.

 

5. Eligibility and Discretion

Certain patients may not be eligible to use Rocket Doctor. Medical professionals may refuse service to certain patients for many reasons including if the presentation of the Service is not amenable to patient care via telemedicine. Further, a medical professional may determine that a patient should be treated in a hospital, clinic or other service. Also, a medical professional may determine that certain treatments, services and prescriptions cannot be executed via the Services, including but not limited to, prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines.  Medical professionals are solely responsible for determining which patients shall be treated via the Service, to the extent of such treatment, and which patients shall be accepted or refused treatment.

 

6. User Account

In order to use the Services, you must register for and maintain an active user account (“User Account“). 

You must be at least 18 years of age to create a User Account, and must provide the requested information, including name, e-mail, and password. 

Unless agreed to in writing, you may only possess one User Account.

 

7. Your Account and Information

You are solely responsible for your Account, and the personal information that you provide when accessing and using the Services. To the extent that you provide information to Rocket Doctor by operation of this platform and Services, where it is reasonable to expect that we may rely on this information, you represent that such data and personal information shall be accurate and complete.

You will not provide, post or transmit any data, personal information, content or material that:

(a)          infringes, misappropriates or violates any intellectual property rights, publicity/privacy rights or other rights of any third party, or any law or regulation; or

(b)            contains any viruses or programming routines intended to damage, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information.

Rocket Doctor may take any remedial action, including injunctive relief, if your Account, any actions or data you submit, violates this Agreement. 

You agree that Rocket Doctor is under no obligation to review any data, information, content or material provided by you or available on our website, platform or Services.

 

8. Security of your Account

You are solely responsible for ensuring the security and confidentiality of your password. You will prevent unauthorized access to or use of Service and notify us promptly of any such unauthorized use. You may notify us at: [email protected] 

In addition, in order to provide and maintain a secure Service, you must not disclose any security vulnerability to any person except to us unless disclosure is required by applicable law. As soon as possible upon discovering any issue or problem that may pose a risk to the security or use of the Service, you must notify us at: [email protected]    

 

9. Your Information and Your Rights

Rocket Doctor acts as an online conduit between you and online medical professionals. In order to provide you with that connection and our other Services, we require certain personal information and data, as disclosed in our Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy describes how certain health information about you may be used and disclosed, and how you can get access to this information.

 

10. Suspension or Termination of Accounts

In addition to any other right or remedy that Rocket Doctor may have under this Agreement or at law, we may suspend, restrict or terminate your access and use of the platform and our Services without prior notice for any reason.

 

11. Electronic Communications and Contracting

You hereby consent to the exchange of information and documents between you, Rocket Doctor, your online medical professional over the Internet or by email and this Agreement (together with any applicable policies, guidelines or notices) in electronic form shall be the equivalent of an original written paper agreement between us.

 

12. Accuracy of Content

Although we take all possible steps to ensure the accuracy of the information or content included on this platform, no assurance is given that information or content is up-to-date, accurate, error-free or complete. We take no responsibility for errors or omissions in the information or content of this platform. We reserve the right to correct, change or update information at any time without prior notice.

None of the information or content made available on the Rocket Doctor website or platform is medical advice, treatment, diagnosis or an endorsement, representation or warranty that any particular medication or treatment is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Any information or content is solely for informational purposes.

 

13. Linking

We may offer links on our website to third party sites, including social networking websites and government resources, which are owned and operated by third parties. We provide these links as a convenience to our visitors. We do not review the content of such sites, and neither endorse, nor are responsible for, any content, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from such third party sites. You assume full responsibility for your use of third party sites. Such sites are governed by terms and conditions different from those applicable to this website, and we encourage you to review the terms and privacy policies of those third parties before using their sites.

 

14. Permitted Use

Subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you are granted a revocable, personal, non-sub-licensable, non-transferable, non-exclusive right to access and use the Services in accordance with this Agreement solely for personal reasons and not for resale or to provide services to third parties.

 

15. Prohibited Use

Your use of the Rocket Doctor website, platform and our Services are restricted to the terms of this Agreement, and any additional policies, terms, guidelines or notices that we disclose.

Any other use of the website, platform, Services, including any information, content and material we provide, including but not limited to, reproduction for commercial purposes, modification, transmission, display, distribution, performance, licensing, creation of derivative works or other exploitation, without prior written permission from Rocket Doctor, is strictly prohibited. Such unauthorized use for any purpose other than as expressly set out in this Agreement is a violation of Rocket Doctor’s legal rights, including our intellectual property rights and of our licensors and may subject you to civil liability or criminal prosecution under applicable laws. 

In addition to the requirements set forth in other sections of this Agreement, you agree not to access and/or use the Rocket Doctor website, platform and Services for any purpose not expressly authorized by this Agreement and/or transmit, post, or distribute to the website or platform content that, without limitation: 

(a)            constitutes an advertisement or solicitation of business of any kind, including but not limited to, spam, chain letters, and pyramid schemes;

(b)            contains or constitutes software, computer programs, or routines of any kind, including but not limited to, viruses, bots, worms, spiders, scrapers or offline readers;

(c)            collects information about others, including but not limited to, users’ e-mail, passwords or other account information;

(d)            imposes an unreasonable load on the platform’s infrastructure;

(e)            copies or distributes any part of Rocket Doctor in any medium without our prior written authorization;

(f)             impersonate any person or entity or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity;

(g)            use or access the website, platform or Services any way for unsolicited promotions, political campaigning, advertising or solicitations;

(h)            reverse engineers or decompiles the software comprising or included in the website, platform and Service;

(i)              interferes with any other party’s use of Rocket Doctor or related Services;

(j)              use or access the website, platform or Services in any way that is unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, harassing, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory, fraudulent or otherwise objectionable;

(k)            collects or harvests any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the website and Service, nor to use the communication systems provided by the website for any commercial solicitation purposes; and/or

(l)              solicits, for commercial purposes, any users of this website.

Notwithstanding this section, Rocket Doctor grants the operators of public search engines permission to use spiders to copy materials from this website for the sole purpose of creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials. Rocket Doctor reserves the right to revoke these exceptions either generally or in specific cases.

You will, at all times, comply with all applicable laws of the United States, and any applicable international laws, when accessing the website and using our Services 

Rocket Doctor makes no representations that the Services are appropriate, legal or available for use in other jurisdictions. Any person who access or use the Services from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and risk, and are responsible for compliance with all applicable law (local, domestic and foreign).

 

16. No Competitive Use

You are put on notice that you may not use, access, or register, as applicable, Rocket Doctor’s website, platform or Services if you are a competitor, or engaged by a competitor, of Rocket Doctor, except with our explicit written consent. 

You may not use, access or register, as applicable, Rocket Doctor’s website, platform, or Services for purposes of monitoring its availability, functionality or performance, or for any other benchmarking or competitive purposes.

 

17. Intellectual Property

With the exception of your personal information (including medical records), Rocket Doctor exclusively owns and retains all right, title and interest in and to the website, platform and Services and any and all software, materials, formats, interfaces, information, data, content, trade secret, trademark, patent, algorithm, our confidential information, our proprietary information and technology and any other intellectual property used by, or provided to you in connection with Rocket Doctor (the “Rocket Doctor Property”). The Rocket Doctor Property is protected by intellectual property rights owned by or licensed to Rocket Doctor. Other than as expressly licensed to you in this Agreement, no license or other rights in the Rocket Doctor Property are granted to you, and all such rights are hereby expressly reserved by Rocket Doctor. 

You agree not to store, copy, modify, reproduce, retransmit, distribute, disseminate, rent, lease, loan, sell, publish, broadcast, display, or circulate the Rocket Doctor Property to anyone. Use, reproduction, copying, or redistribution of Rocket Doctor Property, in particular but without limitation, trademarks, service marks, and logos are strictly prohibited without our prior written consent, or the written consent of any third party trademarks, service marks, marks, and logs posted on our website or platform, as applicable.

 

18. No Representation or Warranty

Rocket Doctor makes no representation or warranty concerning the platform and related Services. The platform and Services and all other data or materials provided in connection with this Agreement by Rocket Doctor and its suppliers are provided “as is, where is” and “as available” without representations or warranties of any kind. 

We make no other warranties, express or implied, by operation of law or otherwise, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of non-infringement, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any implied warranties arising out of course of performance, course of dealing or usage of trade. Rocket Doctor does not warrant that the platform and Services will be error-free, accurate, timely, uninterrupted, completely secure, or virus-free.

 

19. Service Representation; No Service Warranty

We shall use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain the availability and security of the Service in accordance with this Agreement. From time to time, the website, platform and / or Services may be unavailable due to regularly scheduled and other maintenance and updates. 

We make no guarantee with respect to any accessibility, uptime, speed or availability of the Service to you and you hereby acknowledge and agree that we shall not be held liable for any special, incidental, indirect or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with your use of the Services, or any unavailability or interruption of the Services, whatsoever, whether in contract, tort, or otherwise.

 

20. Services are not Medical Advice; Not Liable for Medical Advice

WE DO NOT PROVIDE ANY ADVICE, MEDICAL OR OTHERWISE. Rocket Doctor Services’ solely allow you to connect online with an independent medical professional. Rocket Doctor does not endorse or recommend any provider available through the Service, or any care, advice, prescription, recommendation or product recommended by any third party provider. 

Any and all advice or care you obtain (and any results or lack of results from following or not following such advice or care) from any online medical professional is the responsibility of the responsible medical provider, and you. You understand and acknowledge that the online medical professionals are independent from Rocket Doctor. Further, the online medical professionals are covered by their own professional practice insurance, and not by Rocket Doctor. 

Without limiting the application of any other limitation or exclusion of liability under this Agreement or at law, you hereby expressly acknowledge and agree that Rocket Doctor has no liability whatsoever however arising under any theory of law for any advice, result or lack of result from such advice or care obtained from any online medical professional.

ROCKET DOCTORSHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DELAY OR FAILURE IN PERFORMANCE RESULTING FROM CAUSES BEYOND OUR REASONABLE CONTROL. YOU AGREE THAT ROCKET DOCTOR HAS NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY TO YOU RELATED TO YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE OR THE ONLINE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL’S ADVICE AND/OR INFORMATIONAL SERVICES PROVIDED TO YOU BY SUCH ONLINE MEDICAL PROFESIONALS.

 

21. Limitation of Liability

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, SO SOME OF THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS IN THIS AGREEMENT MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS IN YOUR PROVINCE.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHALL ROCKET DOCTOR BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE, LOST INCOME, PERSONAL INJURY OR LOST DATA, RELATED TO, IN CONNECTION WITH, OR OTHERWISE RESULTING FROM ANY USE OF THE ROCKET DOCTOR WEBSITE, PLATFORM AND RELATED SERVICES AND/OR INFORMATIONAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY AUTHORIZED ONLINE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND/OR AUTHORIZED NON-MEDICAL PROVIDERS. 

ROCKET DOCTOR, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES AND INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTIES CONTRACTORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, LIABILITY OR LOSSES ARISING OUT OF: (i) YOUR USE OF OR RELIANCE ON THE WEBSITE, PLATFORM, SERVICES AND/OR THE SERVICES YOU RECEIVE FROM OUR INDEPENDENT ONLINE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, OR YOUR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE PLATFORM AND/OR SERVICES FROM OUR INDEPENDENT MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS; OR (ii) ANY TRANSACTION, RELATIONSHIP OR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN YOU AND ANY AUTHORIZED INDEPENDENT MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL OR ANY AUTHORIZED NON-MEDICAL PROVIDER. 

IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THIS WEBSITE OR ANY CONTENT ON THE SITE, OR WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THIS WEBSITE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE, BY YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE, THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

 

22. Termination

(a) Your Termination Rights

You may cease using the Services at any time.

(b) Our Termination Rights

In addition to any other rights stated in this Agreement, we may cease providing the Service (or any portion of it) to you at any time without notice. 

Termination is not Rocket Doctor’s exclusive remedy and Rocket Doctor may take any other legal, equitable, or administrative action it deems appropriate. Rocket Doctor further reserves the right to investigate suspected violations of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. 

Rocket Doctor agrees that upon any early termination of this Agreement, Rocket Doctor will allow (free of charge) you to access, without the right to modify, enhance or add to, your personal information, including any medical records for a reasonable period of time after we terminate your Agreement, but the period of time shall not exceed (60) days. Thereafter, Rocket Doctor will remove all your personal information from our systems and store it offline.

 

23. Assignment.

You may not assign any rights or obligations arising under this Agreement, whether by operation or law or otherwise, without our prior written consent.  You agree that Rocket Doctor may subcontract certain aspects of our website, platform and / or Services to third parties, provided that any such subcontracting arrangement will not relieve us of any of its obligations hereunder.

 

24. Entire Agreement.

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Rocket Doctor relating to your access to and use of the website, platform and / or Services, supersedes and replaces the terms of any other prior agreement, writing or understanding between you and Rocket Doctor. You may be subject to separate obligations with your online medical professional.

 

25. Disputes

To the extent permitted by law, the terms under this Agreement provide that all disputes between you and Rocket Doctor that in any way relate to this Agreement or your use of the website, platform and Services shall be resolved by binding arbitration. To the extent permitted by law, you agree to give up your right to go to court, including a class action proceeding, to assert or defend your rights under this Agreement. 

Your rights will be determined by an arbitrator and not a judge or jury and your claims cannot be brought as a class action. 

If you desire to assert a claim against us, we encourage you to first notify us and both parties will use their good faith efforts to resolve the dispute. If the matter is not resolved, you therefore elect to seek arbitration. The arbitration shall be held in either Wilmington, Delaware or San Mateo County, California. The arbitration shall be final and binding to the greatest extent permitted by law, and the cost thereof, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, shall be borne by the losing Party or in such proportions as the arbitrator may decide.

 

26. Governing Law and Venue.

This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of shall be determined and governed by the laws of the State of Delaware.  Subject to the mandatory arbitration provisions, any action or proceeding arising from or relating to this Agreement must be brought in a court sitting in San Mateo County, California, except for applications for injunctive relief by Rocket Doctor which Rocket Doctor may bring in any jurisdiction. You hereby irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction and venue of such court in any such action or proceeding.

 

27. Waiver of Jury Trial and Class Action Rights

To the extent permitted by law, and subject to Section 25 (Disputes), you acknowledge, agree and understand that, with respect to any dispute with Rocket Doctor, or its respective officers, directors, employees, agents or representatives arising out of or relating to this Agreement: (i) you hereby give up your right to have a trial by jury; and (ii) you hereby give up your right to participate as a member of a class of claimants, in any lawsuit including but not limited to class action lawsuits involving any such dispute.

 

28. Force Majeure

Rocket Doctor will not be deemed to be in breach of the terms of this Agreement or liable for any breach of the terms of this Agreement or our Privacy Statement due to any event or occurrence beyond our reasonable control, including without limitation, acts of God, terrorism, war, invasion, pandemic, failures of any public networks, electrical shortages, earthquakes or floods, civil disorder, strikes, fire or other disaster.

 

29. Severability and Waiver.

In the event that any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the valid or enforceable portion thereof and the remaining provisions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect. Any waiver or failure to enforce any provision of this Agreement on one occasion will not be deemed a waiver of any other provision or of such provision on any other occasion. All waivers must be in writing. Other than as expressly stated herein, the remedies provided herein are in addition to, and not exclusive of, any other remedies of a party at law or in equity.

 

30. Enurement

All covenants, representatives, warranties and agreements of the parties contained herein will be binding upon and will ensure to the benefit of the parties and their respective successors, permitted assigns, legal representatives, heirs and trustees.

 

  1. Further Information

For information on this Agreement, or if you have any questions, concerns or complaints, please write to us at:

Rocket Doctor, Inc.
[email protected]


Rocket Doctor Privacy Policy

Last modified May 2020

IF YOU ARE (OR SOMEONE ELSE IS) EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

This Privacy Policy has two important sections:

Section 1: Notice of Privacy Practices under HIPAA

Section 2: Online Privacy Statement

Section 3: Privacy Notice for California Residents

 

 

Section 1: Your Information. Your Rights. Our Responsibilities.

 

This notice describes how certain health information about you may be used and disclosed, and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

Rocket Doctor is not a health care provider.  The doctors and other health care providers who deliver Services via the Rocket Doctor platform are independent healthcare professionals or medical groups who we refer to as “Healthcare Professionals” in this notice.  For purposes of complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, this section of our Privacy Policy (“Notice of Privacy Practices”) describes how Rocket Doctor, when acting as a business associate on behalf of the Healthcare Professionals, may use and disclose protected health information about you, and how you can access this information.

 
1.) Your Rights

When it comes to your own health information, you have certain rights.  This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.

 

Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record 

  • You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this. 
  • We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.

Ask us to correct your medical record

    • You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this.
  • We may say “no” to your request, but we will tell you why in writing within 60 days.

Request confidential communications

  • You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address. 
  • We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.

Ask us to limit what we use or share

  • You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our operations. We are not required to agree to your request, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care.
  • If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer. We will say “yes,” unless a law requires us to share that information.

Get a list of those with whom we have shared information

  • You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we have shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.
  • We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We will provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.

Get a copy of this privacy notice

  • You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.

Choose someone to act for you

  • If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.
  • We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.

File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated

  • You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting us using at [email protected]
  • You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints 
  • We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
 
2.) Your Choices

For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.

In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:

  • Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care
  • Share information in a disaster relief situation
  • Include your information in a patient directory that only our Healthcare Providers can access

If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.

In these cases, we never share your information, unless you give us written permission:

  • Marketing purposes
  • Sale of your information
  • Most sharing of psychotherapy notes

In the case of fundraising:

  • We may contact you for testimonials or an interview in connection with our fundraising efforts, but you can choose to not share information with us, and/or tell us not to contact you again.
 
3.) Our Uses and Disclosures
 

How do we typically use or share your health information? 

We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.

 

Treat you

We can use your health information and share it with other healthcare professionals who are treating you.

Example: A Healthcare Professional treating you through our telehealth platform may ask for your primary care physicians contact information and may ask that doctor about your overall health condition.

Run our organization

We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.

Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services for example our scheduling team may share information with our Healthcare Professionals to make sure those professionals know how to contact you and what the nature of your request for care is.  

Bill for your services

We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.

Example: We give limited information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services. 

 

How else can we use or share your health information?

We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research.  We have to meet certain conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.

 

Help with public health and safety issues

We can share health information about you for certain situations such as: 

  • Preventing disease
  • Helping with product recalls
  • Reporting adverse reactions to medications
  • Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
  • Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety

Do research

We can use or share your information for health research.

 

Comply with the law

We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.

 

Respond to organ and tissue donation requests

We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.

 

Work with a medical examiner or funeral director

We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.

 

Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests

We can use or share health information about you:

  • For workers’ compensation claims
  • For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official
  • With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
  • For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services

Respond to lawsuits and legal actions

We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.

 

Our Responsibilities

  • We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information. 
  • We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
  • We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it. 
  • We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.

For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.

Changes to the Terms of this Notice

We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our website.