ImmuneTech Privacy Statement
Last updated: November 12, 2010
ImmuneTech, Inc. ("ImmuneTech," "we" or "us") is committed to protecting the privacy of all visitors to the ImmuneTech website. ImmuneTech has established this Privacy Statement to inform you of the specific practices and guidelines that help ensure the security and confidentiality of your personal information. By using or accessing in any way the website we control and operate, or by transmitting information to us by email or other electronic means, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Statement, please do not access or use the Website.
ImmuneTech may revise this Privacy Statement from time to time. All updates to this statement will be posted on this web page. If we make significant changes, ImmuneTech will notify you by posting a notice on the website. Please check the website for the most current version of our Privacy Statement. Your continued use of the website after we have posted a notice on the website constitutes your acceptance of such changes.
The ImmuneTech Website may contain links to external websites. ImmuneTech does not maintain these sites and is not responsible for the privacy practices of sites that it does not operate. Please refer to the specific privacy statements posted on these sites.
Aggregate Data Collection
ImmuneTech tracks visits to our Website and uses visitor logs to compile anonymous aggregate statistics. This aggregate information is collected site-wide, and includes anonymous website statistics. In addition, when you browse our Website, our system automatically collects information such as your web request, Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type, browser language, domain names, referring and exit pages and URLs, platform type, pages viewed and the order of these page views, the amount of time spent on particular pages, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. This information is used to analyze trends, administer the Website, improve the design of our Website, and otherwise enhance the services we provide.
Certain pages of the Website and/or html email correspondence may use session cookies, persistent cookies or web beacons to anonymously track unique visitors, save website preferences and to allow us to recognize visits from the same computer and browser. You have the option to reject the Website’s cookies and still use the Website. However, your access to the Website may be limited.
Types of Personal Information Collected
ImmuneTech may collect, store and use personally identifiable information (such as name, email address, postal code and email preferences) when it is voluntarily submitted to us, such as when you register for updates or contact us.
The ImmuneTech Website is directed toward adults. If you are under the age of 13, you must obtain the authorization of a responsible adult (parent, legal custodian, or teacher) before using or accessing our Website. We will not knowingly collect or use any personal information from any children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have collected any personal information from children under 13, we will promptly remove such information from our databases.
Use of Personal Information
We may use your personal information to contact you, improve this site, provide you with information that you have requested or provide you with additional information, which ImmuneTech believes may be of interest to you. We may also use this information to respond to your inquiries, provide you with technical support and enforce our Terms and Conditions and other policies governing use of the Website. We may combine your information with other information about you that is available to us, including information from other sources. ImmuneTech will keep resumes confidential and will use them only for employment purposes. Use for any other purpose will be with your explicit consent.
ImmuneTech will not sell or rent your personal information to any other company or organization. ImmuneTech may share your information with third party service providers who perform marketing or other services on our behalf. ImmuneTech may access and/or disclose your personal information to law enforcement officials, regulatory agencies or other third parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate in connection with an investigation of illegal activity that may expose us to legal liability or costs, to enforce our policies governing the Website and for regulatory compliance. ImmuneTech may also disclose your information in connection with corporate restructuring, merger or consolidation with, or sale of substantially all of our assets to a third party. We do not guarantee that any entity receiving such information in connection with one of these transactions will abide by this Privacy Statement.
Information that you provide to ImmuneTech through this Website is encrypted using industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology, with the exception of information you send via email. Your information is processed and stored on controlled servers with restricted access.
Information Access, Updates and Choice
You may choose to provide information to ImmuneTech by sending us an email or otherwise contacting us. ImmuneTech email correspondence will include instructions on how to update certain personal information and how to unsubscribe from our emails and postal mail correspondence. Please follow the instructions in the emails to notify ImmuneTech of changes to your name, email address and preference information. ImmuneTech will take reasonable steps, such as confirmation emails, to verify your identity before granting access to your personal information. If you choose to unsubscribe from our email and/or postal mail services, you will no longer receive this correspondence. However, ImmuneTech may retain your information for a period of time to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems or for other valid business or legal reasons.
Third Party Information
You agree that you have provided notice to, and obtained consent from, any third party individuals whose personal information you supply to us, including with regard to: (a) the purposes for which such third party's personal information has been collected; (b) the intended recipients or categories of recipients of the third party's personal information; (c) which of the third party's information is obligatory and which information, if any, is voluntary; and (d) how the third party can access and, if necessary, rectify the information held about them.
Our Website is controlled and operated by ImmuneTech Inc. By choosing to visit our Website or otherwise provide information to ImmuneTech, you agree that any dispute over privacy or the terms contained in this Privacy Statement will be governed by the laws of the State of California. If you are accessing our Website from any location with regulations or laws governing personal data collection, use or disclosure that differ from United States laws or regulations, please note that through your continued use of our Website, which is governed by the laws of the State of California and the United States of America and this Privacy Statement, you are transferring personal information to the United States of America and you consent to that transfer and to the collection and processing of such information in the United States. You also consent to the adjudication of any disputes arising in connection with our Website in the federal and state courts of San Mateo County in the State of California. You also agree to attempt to mediate any such disputes.
Protected Health Information
Information accessed through the Website, including Protected Health Information, is secured using administrative, physical and technical safeguards. For example, the transfer of information is encrypted using industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology and information is stored on controlled servers with restricted access.
If you have questions about the ImmuneTech Privacy Statement, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of Privacy Practices
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
I. WHO WE ARE
This Notice describes the privacy practices of ImmuneTech, its employees and other personnel ("ImmuneTech," "we" or "us").
As a healthcare provider who provides laboratory testing to ordering authorized healthcare providers, ImmuneTech is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information, laboratory test results and other protected health information.
II. OUR PRIVACY OBLIGATIONS
We are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to maintain the privacy of health information about you ("Protected Health Information") and to provide you with this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your Protected Health Information. When we use or disclose your Protected Health Information, we are required to abide by the terms of this Notice (or other notice in effect at the time of the use or disclosure).
III. USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION
Your Protected Health Information may be used and disclosed for treatment, payment, healthcare operations and other purposes permitted or required by law. We may use and disclose your Protected Health Information for the following purposes:
- Treatment. We may use or disclose your Protected Health Information for treatment purposes. For example, we may use your Protected Health Information to perform our testing services and disclose your Protected Health Information, including laboratory test results, to physicians and other healthcare providers involved in your care.
- Payment. We may use or disclose your Protected Health Information to obtain payment for healthcare services we provide. For example, we may disclose your information to your health plan to receive payment for the services provided to you.
- Healthcare Operations. We may use and disclose your Protected Health Information for our healthcare operations. These activities include, for example, monitoring the quality of our testing services, reviewing the competence or qualifications of laboratory professionals, conducting training programs, performing accreditation, certification, licensing and credentialing activities and other administrative functions.
- Personal Representatives. We may disclose Protected Health Information about you to your authorized personal representative, as defined by applicable law, or to an administrator, executor or other authorized person responsible for your estate.
- Minors' Protected Health Information. As permitted by federal and state law, we may disclose Protected Health Information about minors to their parents or guardians.
- Persons Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care. We may disclose your Protected Health Information to a person involved in your care or payment for your care, such as a family member or close friend. We may use or disclose your Protected Health Information for disaster relief efforts or to notify a family member or close friend of your location or general condition. If you do not want us to use or disclose your Protected Health Information in these ways, you must notify our Privacy Office using the contact information at the end of this Notice.
- Communications About Our Products and Services. We may use and disclose your Protected Health Information to contact you about our products and services which we believe may be of interest to you.
- Disclosures to Business Associates. We may disclose your Protected Health Information to other companies or individuals, known as "business associates," who need your information to provide services to us. For example, we may use another company to perform billing services on our behalf. Our business associates are required to protect the privacy of your Protected Health Information.
- As Required by Law. We must disclose your Protected Health Information when required to do so by any applicable federal, state or local law.
- Public Health Activities. We may disclose your Protected Health Information for public health-related activities. Examples of these activities include: reporting diseases to authorized public health authorities; if authorized by law as part of a public health investigation, notifying individuals that they may be at risk of contracting a disease; and notifying a manufacturer of a product regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of a possible problem encountered when using the product in our testing process.
- Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose your Protected Health Information to a healthcare oversight agency for activities that are authorized by law, such as audits, investigations, inspections and licensure activities. For example, we may disclose your Protected Health Information to agencies responsible for ensuring compliance with the rules of government health programs such as Medicare or Medicaid.
- Research. Under certain conditions, we may use or disclose Protected Health Information for research purposes. We may allow researchers to look at Protected Health Information to develop a study, identify prospective research participants or for similar purposes provided that the information is not removed from our premises. We will not allow Protected Health Information to be used or disclosed for any other research activity unless: (1) a special committee reviews the planned research and decides that the research poses little risk to privacy and that there is an adequate plan to safeguard the Protected Health Information; (2) the researcher will be given only information that does not directly identify individuals; or (3) where the information concerns deceased individuals, the researcher gives us assurances that the information is necessary for the research and will be used solely for the research.
- Organ or Tissue Procurement. We may disclose Protected Health Information to organ procurement organizations or related entities for the purpose of facilitating organ or tissue donation and transplantation.
- Disclosures to Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors. We may disclose Protected Health Information to coroners or medical examiners for the purpose of identifying an individual, determining cause of death or other duty authorized by law.
- Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. Under certain circumstances, we may disclose your Protected Health Information in the course of a judicial or administrative proceeding in response to a court order, subpoena or other lawful process.
- Law Enforcement. We may disclose your Protected Health Information to the police or other law enforcement officials as required by law or in compliance with a court order, warrant, subpoena, summons or similar process authorized by law. Under certain circumstances, we also may disclose Protected Health Information to law enforcement officials when the information is needed to: identify or locate a missing person or a suspect, fugitive or material witness; determine whether an individual has been a victim of a crime; determine if a death resulted from criminal conduct; or investigate suspected criminal activity on our premises.
- Serious Threats to Health or Safety. We may disclose Protected Health Information if necessary to prevent or reduce the risk of a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of an individual or the general public.
- Victims of Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence. If required or authorized by law, we may disclose Protected Health Information to a government agency, such as social services or a protective services agency, if we reasonably believe that an individual is the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
- Specialized Government Functions. Under certain circumstances, we may disclose your Protected Health Information to units of the government with special functions, such as the U.S. Military or the U.S. Department of State, in response to requests.
- Workers Compensation. We may disclose your Protected Health Information as necessary to comply with requirements of workers' compensation or similar programs that provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness without regard to fault.
- All Other Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information. We will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing your Protected Health Information for any purpose not described above. You may revoke your authorization, in writing, at any time, except that a revocation will not affect any use or disclosures we have made in reliance on your authorization.
- Costs For PHI Requests. ImmuneTech may charge third parties requesting information pursuant to our policies for the cost of gathering and collecting the materials and processing the request. These charges include:
- $.10/page for documents 8.5x14 inches (or less)
- Actual costs for oversize documents or special processing
- Reasonable clerical costs to retrieve records ($4.00/quarter hour)
- Actual postage charges
IV. YOUR RIGHTS
You have the following rights with respect to your Protected Health Information. To exercise any of these rights, please contact our Privacy Office using the contact information provided at the end of this Notice.
- Access to Protected Health Information. You or your authorized or designated personal representative have the right to inspect and copy your Protected Health Information and billing information maintained by us. We may deny access to certain information for specific reasons, for example, where state law prohibits such patient access. Please note that federal and state laws regulating laboratories generally prohibit us from disclosing test results directly to a patient.
- Restrictions on Uses and Disclosures. You have the right to request restrictions on our use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information. While we will consider all requests for additional restrictions carefully, we are not required to agree to a requested restriction. If we do agree to a requested restriction, we will notify you in writing.
- Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your Protected Health Information by alternative means or to an alternative address. Your request must be in writing and must specify the alternative means or location. We will accommodate reasonable requests for confidential communications.
- Correct or Update Information. If you believe the Protected Health Information or billing information we maintain about you contains an error, you may request that we correct or update your information. Your request must be in writing and must explain why the information should be corrected or updated. We may deny your request under certain circumstances. If we deny your request, we will provide you with a written explanation for the denial.
- Accounting of Disclosures. You may request a list, or accounting, of certain disclosures of your Protected Health Information made by us or our business associates for purposes other than treatment, payment, healthcare operations and certain other activities. The request must be in writing. Unless you designate a shorter time period, the list will include disclosures made within the prior six years, but not before April 14, 2003.
- Paper Copy of Notice. Upon request, you may obtain a paper copy of this Notice.
V. QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS
If you want more information about our privacy practices, or have general questions or concerns, please contact our Privacy Office using the contact information listed at the end of this Notice.
If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, you may submit a complaint to our Privacy Office using the contact information listed below. You also may submit a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will provide you with the address to file your complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upon request.
We support your right to the privacy of your health information. We will not retaliate against you in any way if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
VI. CHANGES TO OUR NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law. If we change this Notice, we may make the new notice terms effective for all Protected Health Information that we maintain, including any information created or received prior to issuing the new Notice.
If we make changes to this Notice, we will promptly post a copy of the updated Notice on our website at www.immunetech.com. Please review this website periodically to ensure that you are aware of any updates. You also may request a copy of the current Notice by contacting our Privacy Office using the contact information provided below.
VII. CONTACT INFORMATION
When communicating with us regarding this Notice, our privacy practices or your rights with respect to our use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information, please use the following contact information:
EFFECTIVE DATE OF NOTICE: January 1, 2003
Attention: Privacy Officer
3856 Bay Center Place
Hayward, CA 94545
REVISION DATE: November 1, 2010