This Notice Describes How Health Information About You May Be Used and Disclosed and How You Can Get Access To This Information. Review Carefully.
State and Federal laws require us to maintain the privacy of your health information and to inform you about our privacy practices by providing you with this notice. We must follow the privacy practices as described below. This Notice will take effect on March 10, 2003 and will remain in effect until it is amended or replaced by us.
It is our right to change our privacy practices provided law permits the changes. Before we make a significant change, this Notice will be amended to reflect the changes and we will make the new Notice available upon request. We reserve the right to make any changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our Notice effective for all health information maintained, created and/or received by us before the date changes were made.
You may request a copy of our Privacy Notice at any time by contacting our offices.
We will keep your health information confidential, using it only for the following purposes:
Treatment: We may use your health information to provide you with our professional services. Everyone on our staff is required to sign a confidentiality statement.
Disclosure: We may disclose and/or share your healthcare information with other healthcare professionals who provide treatment and/or service to you. These professionals will have a privacy and confidentiality policy like this one. Health information about you may also be disclosed to your family, friends and /or other persons you choose to involve in your care, only if you agree that we my do so.
Payment: We may use and/or disclose your health information to seek payment for services we provided to you. This disclosure involves our business office staff and may include insurance organizations or other businesses that may become involved in the process of mailing statements and/or collecting unpaid balances.
Emergencies: We may use or disclose your health information to notify or assist in the notification of a family member or anyone responsible for your care, in case of emergency involving your care, location or your general condition or death. If at all possible we will provide you with an opportunity to object to this use or disclosure. Under emergency conditions or if you are incapacitated we will use our judgment to make reasonable inferences of your best interest by allowing someone to pick up filled prescriptions, x-rays or other similar forms of health information and/or supplies unless you have advised us otherwise.
Healthcare Operation: We will use or disclose your health information to keep our practice responsible. Examples of personnel who may have access to this information include, but are not limited to, our medical records staff, outside health or management reviewers and individuals performing similar actives.
Appointment Reminders: We may disclose medical information to provide appointment reminders (e.g., contacting you at the phone number you have provided us and leaving a message as an appointment reminder).
Communication with Family: Unless you object, health professionals, using their best judgment, may disclose to a family member or close personal friend health information relevant to that person’s involvement in your care or payment related to your case. We may notify these individuals of your location and general health.
Required by Law: We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law. This includes administrative orders, subpoena, discovery request or other lawful processes. It also would include situations of national security, intelligence and other state and federal requests and/or if you are an inmate or otherwise under the custody of law enforcement.
Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes. This information will be disclosed only to the extent necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety or that of others.
Public Health Responsibilities: We will disclose your health care information to report problems with products, reactions to medications, product recalls, disease/infection exposure and to prevent and control disease, injury and/or disability.
Marketing Health Related Services: We will NOT use your health information for marketing purposes unless we have your written authorization to do so.
Access: Upon written request, you have the right to inspect and get copies of your health information (and that of an individual for whom you are a legal guardian). You will need to contact our Privacy Officer to request a copy of the form requesting your health information. After this form is completed and submitted, you will be notified of the time that your records will be available to you. There will be a fee for any copies of health information you request. Contact our office for a fee schedule.
Amendment: If, you feel within your healthcare record is inaccurate or incomplete, you have the right to request your healthcare information. This would be the disclosure of your information for reasons other than treatment, payment or healthcare operations. You can request information going back 6 months starting on April 14, 2003. Information prior to that dated does not have to be released.
Restrictions: You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your healthcare information. We do not have to agree to the additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement. Please contact our office if you wish to add more restrictions.
When accessing our Website, Mir Neurology & Spine Center will learn certain information about you during your visit.
Similar to other commercial Web sites, our Web site utilizes a standard technology called “cookies” (see explanation below, “What Are Cookies?”) and Web server logs to collect information about how our Web site is used. Information gathered through cookies and Web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our Web site, and the Web sites visited just before and just after our Web site, your IP address.
What Are Cookies?
A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a Web site, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each Web site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a Web site to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
IP addresses are used by your computer every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by our web server as part of demographic and profile data known as “traffic data” so that data (such as the Web pages you request) can be sent to you.
If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. We provide the same protections for these electronic communications that we employ in the maintenance of information received online, mail and telephone.
How Do We Use the Information That You Provide to Us?
Broadly speaking, we use personal information for purposes of administering our business activities, providing customer service and making available other items and services to our customers and prospective customers.
Mir Neurology & Spine Center will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us, nor will such information be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties without the approval of the user at the time of collection.
We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights.
A Special Note About Children
Although we encourage children to visit this site (especially with their parents), we ask that minors (under the age of 13) do not submit any personal information to us. If you are a minor, you can use this site only in conjunction with permission and guidance from your parents or guardians.
How Do We Protect Your Information and Secure Information Transmissions?
Email is not recognized as a secure medium of communication. For this reason, we request that you do not send private information to us by email. However, doing so is allowed, but at your own risk. Some of the information you may enter on our Web site may be transmitted securely via a secure medium known as Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL. Credit Card information is never transmitted via email.
Mir Neurology & Spine Center may use software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, Mir Neurology & Spine Center uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.
If you have any questions regarding this Policy, or your dealings with our web site, please contact us.
Mir Neurology & Spine Center
11110 Medical Campus Rd
Hagerstown, MD 21742
admin [at] mirneurology [dot] com