Ver. April 3, 2015
The Types of Information that We Collect
Two types of information are collected from visitors of our website: personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information.
If you purchase our products or services, we request certain personally identifiable information from you on our order form. This includes contact information such as your name, email address, and shipping address, as well as financial information such as a credit card number and its expiration date. We use the personally identifiable information that we collect for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we also will use this information to contact you. Note that we do not store any financial data, including debit/credit card details.
If you contact us by email through our website, we may keep a record of your contact information and correspondence. In any event, we reserve the right to use your email address and any other personally identifiable information that you provide to us to respond to you and to send you marketing materials for our own products and services. We will not share your information with outside parties who wish to market other products and services to you.
If at any time you would like to change your personally identifiable information, or if you no longer wish to receive materials from us or would like your personal information removed from our database, please contact us at email@example.com. Alternatively, if you receive materials from us by email you can make use of the “unsubscribe” provision in our communications so that we know that you no longer wish to receive any materials from us.
Our website may incorporate “pixel tags”, “cookies” or similar tracking technologies that allow us to track the actions of visitors of our website. Pixel tags and cookies are used to collect non- personally identifiable information, such as the name of your internet service provider, the IP address of the computer you are using, the type of browser software and operating system that you use, the date and time you access our website, the website address, if any, from which you linked directly to our website, the website address, if any, to which you travel from our website, your home page customization preferences and other similar traffic-related information. Cookies are also used to enable certain features on our website. We may aggregate your information with similar data collected from other visitors to help us improve our website and the products, services, applications, content and features that we provide through our website. We do not use non-personally identifiable information in any way to create or maintain a personal profile of you or collect personally identifiable information from you.
You may disable cookies and similar items by adjusting your browser preferences at any time; however, this may limit your ability to take advantage of all the features on this website. You may also manage the use of “flash” technologies, with theFlash management toolsavailable at Adobe's website. Note that we do not currently respond to web browser “Do Not Track” signals that provide a method to opt out of the collection of information about online activities over time and across third-party websites or online services because, among other reasons, there is no common definition of such signals and no industry-accepted standards for how such signals should be interpreted.
We may use analytics companies to gather information and aggregate data from our website visitors such as which pages are visited and how often they are visited, and to enable certain features on our websites. Information is captured using various technologies and may include cookies. If such technology is used, you may opt out of it by clicking on the “Opt Out” link at the bottom of the home web page.
What we do with the information we collect about you
Generally, we will not disclose the personally identifiable information that we collect through your use of our website to unaffiliated third parties. We reserve the right, however, to provide such information to our employees, contractors, agents, and designees to the extent necessary to enable them to perform certain services for us, including order fulfillment and website-related services such as web hosting, to improve website-related services and features, to perform maintenance services, and to distribute advertisements and other marketing materials on our behalf. We also reserve the right to disclose any personally identifiable information that we collect to any third party if we believe that we are required to do so for any or all of the following reasons:
- to comply with the law;
- to comply with legal processes or governmental requests;
- to prevent, investigate, detect, or prosecute criminal offenses or attacks on the technical integrity of our website or our network; and/or
- to protect the rights, property, safety and security of iHear and its employees, our website visitors, and/or the public.
If you submit information or a posting to a chat room, bulletin board, or similar “chat” related portion of this website, the information you submit along with your screen name will be visible to all visitors, and such visitors may share with others. Therefore, please be thoughtful in what you write and understand that this information may become public.
We may also share personal information with other third party companies that we collaborate with or hire to perform services on our behalf. For example, we may hire a company to help us send and manage email, and we might provide the company with your email address and certain other information in order for them to send you an email message on our behalf. Similarly, we may hire companies to host or operate some of our websites and related computers and software applications.
Our website is only offered to those of age 18 and over. We do not knowingly solicit or collect information from anyone below 18 years of age. Whenever children use their computers, parents should supervise their activities.
Protection of Information
Our physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards meet or exceed current federal standards regarding the protection of customer information. We also require contractors and outside companies who work with us to adhere to strict privacy standards through their contracts with us. Unfortunately, no security system, or system of transmitting data over the Internet, is impenetrable. Consequently, while we use commercially reasonable efforts to protect your personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee the security of our servers, the means by which information is transmitted between your computer and our servers, or any information provided to us or to any third party through or in connection with the website. Any information that you provide to us is done so entirely at your own risk.
Changes to this Privacy Statement
Privacy Policies of Third Party Websites
Social Security Number Protection Policy
Protecting personal information is important to iHear. It is our policy to protect the confidentiality of Social Security numbers ("SSNs”) that we may receive or collect in the course of business. We secure the confidentiality of SSNs through various means, including physical, technical, and administrative safeguards that are designed to protect against unauthorized access. It is our policy to limit access to SSNs to that which is lawful, and to prohibit unlawful disclosure of SSNs.
Notice of Privacy Practices (especially with respect to HIPAA)
As required by the privacy regulations created as a result of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), this notice describes how health information about may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to your individually identifiable health information.
Please review this notice carefully
A.Our commitment to your privacy:
iHear Medical, Inc.is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your individually identifiable health information (also called protected health information, or PHI). In conducting our business, we may create records regarding the services we provide to you. For example, we may create records with your PHI including information such as hearing test results, which are numerical scores for each ear tested. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. We also are required by law to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and the privacy practices that we maintain in our practice concerning your PHI. By federal and state law, we must follow the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices that we have in effect at the time.
We realize that these laws are complicated, but we must provide you with the following important information:
• How we may use and disclose your PHI,
• Your privacy rights in your PHI,
• Our obligations concerning the use and disclosure of your PHI.
The terms of this notice apply to all records containing your PHI that are created or retained by our company. We reserve the right to revise or amend this Notice of Privacy Practices. Any revision or amendment to this notice will be effective for all of your records that our practice has created or maintained in the past, and for any of your records that we may create or maintain in the future. Our practice will post a copy of our current Notice on our website at all times, and you may request a copy of our most current Notice at any time.
B.If you have questions about this Notice, please contact: iHear Legal (firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-276-4437)
C.We may use and disclose your PHI in the following ways:
The following categories describe the different ways in which we may use and disclose your PHI.
1. Recommendations. iHear Medical, Inc. may use your PHI to recommend a hearing evaluation by a professional or a potential treatment option. For example, we may recommend you to have a test (i.e., an audiogram) by a professional, or to recommend hearing aid use.
2. Payment. iHear Medical, Inc., may use and disclose your PHI in order to bill and collect payment for the services and items you may receive from us. For example, we may contact your health insurer to certify that you are eligible for benefits (and for what range of benefits). We also may use and disclose your PHI to obtain payment from third parties that may be responsible for such costs, such as family members. Also, we may use your PHI to bill you directly for services and items. We may disclose your PHI to other health care providers and entities to assist in their billing and collection efforts.
3. Health care operations. iHear Medical, Inc., may use and disclose your PHI to operate our business. As examples of the ways in which we may use and disclose your information for our operations, our business may use your PHI to evaluate the quality of care you received from us, or to conduct cost-management and business planning activities for our practice. We may disclose your PHI to other health care providers and entities to assist in their health care operations.
4. Disclosures required by law. iHear Medical, Inc., will use and disclose your PHI when we are required to do so by federal, state or local law.
D.Use and disclosure of your PHI in certain special circumstances:
The following categories describe unique scenarios in which we may use or disclose your identifiable health information:
1. Public health risks. Our business may disclose your PHI to public health authorities that are authorized by law to collect information for the purpose of:
• Reporting problems with products or devices.
• Notifying individuals if a product or device they may be using has been recalled.
2. Health oversight activities. iHear Medical, Inc., may disclose your PHI to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example, investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative and criminal procedures or actions; or other activities necessary for the government to monitor government programs, compliance with civil rights laws and the health care system in general.
3. Lawsuits and similar proceedings. iHear Medical, Inc., may use and disclose your PHI in response to a court or administrative order, if you are involved in a lawsuit or similar proceeding. We also may disclose your PHI in response to a discovery request, subpoena or other lawful process by another party involved in the dispute, but only if we have made an effort to inform you of the request or to obtain an order protecting the information the party has requested.
4. Law enforcement. We may release PHI if asked to do so by a law enforcement official:
• Regarding a crime victim in certain situations, if we are unable to obtain the person’s agreement.
• Concerning a death we believe has resulted from criminal conduct.
• In response to a warrant, summons, court order, subpoena or similar legal process.
• To identify/locate a suspect, material witness, fugitive or missing person.
• In an emergency, to report a crime (including the location or victim(s) of the crime, or the description, identity or location of the perpetrator).
5. Military. Our business may disclose your PHI if you are a member of U.S. or foreign military forces (including veterans) and if required by the appropriate authorities.
6. Workers’ compensation. Our business may release your PHI for workers’ compensation and similar programs.
E.Your rights regarding your PHI:
You have the following rights regarding the PHI that we maintain about you:
1. Confidential communications. You have the right to request that iHear Medical, Inc., communicate with you about your health and related issues in a particular manner or at a certain location. For instance, you may ask that we contact you at home, rather than work. In order to request a type of confidential communication, you must make a written request to iHear Legal specifying the requested method of contact, or the location where you wish to be contacted. iHear Medical, Inc., will accommodate reasonable requests. You do not need to give a reason for your request.
2. Requesting restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your PHI for payment or health care operations. Additionally, you have the right to request that we restrict our disclosure of your PHI to only certain individuals involved in your care or the payment for your care, such as family members and friends. We are not required to agree to your request; however, if we do agree, we are bound by our agreement except when otherwise required by law, in emergencies or when the information is necessary to treat you. In order to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your PHI, you must make your request in writing to iHear Legal (email@example.com, 510-276-4437). Your request must describe in a clear and concise fashion:
• The information you wish restricted,
• Whether you are requesting to limit our business’s use, disclosure or both,
• To whom you want the limits to apply.
3. Inspection and copies. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of the PHI that may be used to make decisions about you, including patient medical records and billing records. You must submit your request in writing to iHear Legal (firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-276-4437) in order to inspect and/or obtain a copy of your PHI. We have up to 30 days to make your PHI available to you and we may charge you a reasonable fee for the costs of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your request. We may not charge you a fee if you need the information for a claim for benefits under the Social Security Act or any other state of federal needs-based benefit program. We may deny your request in certain limited circumstances. If we do deny your request, you have the right to have the denial reviewed by a licensed healthcare professional who was not directly involved in the denial of your request, and we will comply with the outcome of the review. A licensed health care professional chosen by us will conduct reviews.
If your PHI is maintained in an electronic format (known as an electronic medical record or an electronic health record), you have the right to request that an electronic copy of your record be given to you or transmitted to another individual or entity. We will make every effort to provide access to your PHI in the form or format you request, if it is readily producible in such form or format. If the PHI is not readily producible in the form or format you request your record will be provided in either our standard electronic format or if you do not want this form or format, a readable hard copy form. We may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for the labor associated with transmitting the electronic medical record.
4. Amendment. You may ask us to amend your health information if you believe it is incorrect or incomplete, and you may request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for our practice. To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to iHear Legal (email@example.com, 510-276-4437). You must provide us with a reason that supports your request for amendment. iHear Medical, Inc., will deny your request if you fail to submit your request (and the reason supporting your request) in writing. Also, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that is in our opinion: (a) accurate and complete; (b) not part of the PHI kept by or for the business; (c) not part of the PHI which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or (d) not created by our business, unless the individual or entity that created the information is not available to amend the information.
5. Accounting of disclosures. All of our customers have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures.” An “accounting of disclosures” is a list of certain disclosures we made of your PHI for purposes not related to payment or operations or for which you provided written authorization. Use of your PHI as part of the routine business practices of our company is not required to be documented for example, the billing department using your information to file your insurance claim. In order to obtain an accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing to iHear Legal (legal@ihearmedicalcom, 510-276-4437). All requests for an “accounting of disclosures” must state a time period, which may not be longer than six (6) years from the date of disclosure and may not include dates before January 1, 2015. The first list you request within a 12-month period is free of charge, but we may charge you for additional lists within the same 12-month period. We will notify you of the costs involved with additional requests, and you may withdraw your request before you incur any costs.
6. Out-of-Pocket-Payments. If you paid out-of-pocket (or in other words, you have requested that we not bill your health plan) in full for a specific item or service, you have the right to ask that your PHI with respect to that item or service not be disclosed to a health plan for purposes of payment or health care operations, and we will honor that request.
7. Right to a paper copy of this notice. You are entitled to receive a paper copy of our notice of privacy practices. Even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. To obtain a paper copy of this notice, contact iHear Legal (firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-276-4437).
8. Right to file a complaint. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with our practice, contact iHear Legal (email@example.com, 510-276-4437). All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
9. Right to provide an authorization for other uses and disclosures. iHear Medical, Inc., will obtain your written authorization for uses and disclosures that are not identified by this notice or permitted by applicable law. Any authorization you provide to us regarding the use and disclosure of your PHI may be revoked at any time in writing. After you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your PHI for the reasons described in the authorization.
Again, if you have any questions regarding this notice or our health information privacy policies, please contact iHear Legal (firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-276-4437).