SVMC collects and uses certain information on its Web site. This information includes your IP address, information about your browser (i.e., whether you are using Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc.), and information about your Internet Service Provider (i.e., AOL, PacBell). An IP address (Internet Protocol Address) is a unique number that is used to represent every single computer in a network. All computers on the Internet have a unique IP address. None of the foregoing information will be used by SVMC in any way, or in connection with any other information, to identify you personally.
SVMC may collect information about you through various on-line forms that you may voluntarily complete. Completion of these forms is entirely optional. If you supply any personally identifiable information to us on these forms (e.g. name/address/e-mail address), SVMC will not use this information to contact you unless you have specifically stated that we may do so.
SVMC uses the statistical information gathered about you and all of its users for internal statistical purposes only, e.g., to track where users go on the Web site. This information is not linked to specifically identifiable individuals. This type of information will be used to aid SVMC in adding information to its Web site that will be useful for site users and that will improve the performance of our Web site. Any personally identifiable information which you voluntarily and knowingly submit to SVMC will be used, with your permission, to send you health information and health updates, both general information and information focused on specific health matters, such as, for example, high blood pressure. Your personally identifiable information may also be used to send you timely appointment reminders for specific health-related tests, such as pap smears. Submission by you of any personally identifiable health information is completely voluntary.
SVMC is the sole owner and user of all information collected on the Web site. SVMC does not sell, give, or disclose the information (statistical or personal) gathered on the Web site to any third party.
SVMC takes reasonable precautions to protect your personally identifiable information. When users submit personally identifiable information, it is protected both on-line and off-line. All user electronic information is protected behind a firewall, and the data input on our Web site is also encrypted. SVMC also protects user information off-line. Only employees who need the information to perform a task are granted access to personally identifiable information. SVMC employees must use password-protected screen-savers when they leave their desk. When they return, they must re-enter their password to re-gain access to your information. Furthermore, all employees are trained on SVMC privacy and security practices. Finally, the servers we use to store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment behind locked doors, and only authorized individuals have access to the servers.
If, at any time, a correction needs to be made to existing personal information that you have voluntarily provided to the Web site, users may email the webmaster at Webmaster and request that the information be changed or deleted.
St. Vincent Medical Center respects your right to privacy and prioritizes the safeguard of your health information. The Notice of Privacy Practices below describes how St. Vincent protects your confidential medical information:
This notice is provided on behalf of Verity Health System.