The offices of Suramed Health Center PA dedicates efforts to protect you and your family’s privacy while cultivating an online experience that is safe and efficient. This privacy statement applies to our practice’s website, which includes information on data collection and usage. By operating our website, you consent to the information described in this statement.
Collecting your Personal Information
As a pediatric practice, we collect personal information such as; your name, e-mail, phone number, home, and work address. Our practice also collects demographic information like; zip codes, age, gender, interests, and preferences.
This website also automatically collects information about your computer hardware and software, such as your browser type, domain names, IP address, access times, and referring website addresses. The information generated from your computer is used to maintain a high-quality site through statistics and data regarding the use of this website.
Please consider that if you disclose personal information and/or data through public message boards, your information is subject to being used by others or collected.
Our practice encourages you to review all privacy statements from all other websites you choose to link so that you can fully understand how they collect, use, and share your personally identifiable information. For full disclosure, our practice, and our website are not responsible for the content or privacy statements on any other website.
As stated above, our practice uses your personal information to manage the website and to provide services you may have requested. By using your personally identifiable information, we can inform you about other services and products available to you from our practice and affiliates. To strengthen the quality of our services, our practice may conduct research by contacting you via surveys. Our surveys will center around your opinion of our current services or potential services that might be offered in the future.
Our practice may share data with trusted partners to aid us in performing statistical analysis, sending e-mails, sending postal mail, providing customer support, or scheduling deliveries. However, our practice does not sell, lease, or rent our client’s lists to third parties. Third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information except to provide these services and they are required to keep your private information confidential.
Our practice does not report your sensitive personal information such as; race, religion, or political information without your consent. If required to do so by law, our practice will disclose your personal information without notice. Otherwise, personally sensitive information will be confidential.
To add a personalized online experience, our website uses “cookies”. A cookie is a text file that is allocated on your hard disk by a webpage server. Cookies are unique in the sense that they can only be read by a web server that is uniquely assigned to you. Therefore, cookies cannot be used to deliver viruses or run programs to your computer.
Security of your Personal Information
Our practice safeguards the personal information that you have provided in a secure, controlled, and protected environment. If personal information is transmitted to other websites, the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol protects your personal information (such as your credit card number) through the use of encryption.
Changes to this Statement
As we continue to make new strategies and alter our data analysis to reflect our patient and company feedback, we urge you to occasionally check our privacy statement to stay up to date with how our practice is protecting your information.
Every time you visit Suramed Health Center, a written, oral, or electronic format of your visit is made. This record is often referred to as your health or medical record and typically contains your symptoms, exams, test results, diagnosis, treatments, and on occasion, a plan for future care.
Uses and Disclosures
Treatment: For health evaluations, medical diagnoses, and treatments, our staff members may get access to your health information or show your health information to other medical health professionals.
Payment: If you have a health plan, your health information may be used to seek payment and to ask/receive information on services provided or medical conditions being treated. Your health information may also be used to seek payment from other sources of coverage, such as insurers.
Health Care Operations: To support daily activities and management of Suramed Health Center, your health information may be used. For example, information about services your child receives may be used to support budgeting, financial reporting, and activities to promote quality care and evaluation.
Law Enforcement: Your health information is subject to being disclosed to law enforcement agencies as we must comply with law enforcement investigations and government-mandated reporting.
Public Health Reporting: As required by law, your health information is subject to disclosure to public health agencies. For example, our practice is required to report certain communicable diseases to the state’s public health department.
Other Uses of Information
Photographs: Photographs sent to us could be displayed unless you otherwise specify to not display them.
Appointments: To remind patients of upcoming appointments, our staff members may have to reach a patient’s health information.
Other Uses: For a purpose other than the reasons stated above, disclosure of your health information or its use will need specific written authorization. If you authorize to disclose your private information and change your mind, you may submit a written revocation of the authorization. However, keep in mind that your revocation of the authorization will not affect or undo disclosure of private information that occurred prior to your revocation.
Your Individual Rights
As a patient, you have rights under the federal privacy standards. These rights include:
- The right to request restrictions on your private health information.
- The right to keep your medical conditions, treatments, and communications regarding your health confidential.
- The right to have access to your private health information.
- The right to make changes or send corrections about your health information.
- The right to know how and whom your private health information has been disclosed to.
- The right to a printed copy of this notice.
By law, our practice must maintain your private health information confidential through this “Notice of Privacy Practices”. Thus, we are required to abide by the outline of our practices of privacy policies in this notice.
Revising Privacy Practices
Our practice, as permitted by law can reserve the right to change our privacy policies, notices, and practices. These changes may be required by amendments in state and federal laws and regulations. We can give you the most recently revised notice on any office visit, upon your request. The amended policies and practices apply to all protected health information that we support.
Requesting your Protected Health Information
Through federal regulation and for legal purposes, our practice requires that requests to inspect or copy protected health information be submitted in writing. To acquire a form to request access to your records, you can contact the front office manager. After completing the form, your request will be reviewed and typically will be approved unless there are legal or medical reasons to deny the request.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our privacy statement and/or our website.