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Privacy Policy

Federal law requires OSF Healthcare System and its related health care providers and health plans to maintain the privacy of individually identifiable health information and to provide you with notice of their legal duties and privacy practices with respect to such information. OSF Healthcare System and its related health care providers and health plans must abide by the terms and conditions of this Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Notice.

The health care providers participating in OSF are required to seek your written acknowledgment that you have received this Notice. By furnishing written acknowledgment of receipt, you do NOT indicate your agreement or consent to the uses and disclosures of information described in this Notice.

The acknowledgment indicates only that you have received this Notice. You may decline to furnish written acknowledgment of receipt. In this event, your refusal will be documented.

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU WILL BE PROTECTED, HOW IT MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED, AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

If you have any questions about this notice, please contact the Privacy Officer of your nearest OSF HealthCare entity.

Internet Privacy Policy

Personal privacy is an important initiative to OSF Healthcare System. We hold the following privacy principles as being critical to our Internet privacy policy:

OSF Healthcare System does not sell, trade or otherwise convey the name, street address, telephone number, e-mail address or other personal identifiers supplied by visitors of our web sites to outside parties. Personal information that a visitor submits to us while participating in the more advanced interactive healthcare features of our web sites will be used for the sole purpose for which it was submitted.

OSF Healthcare System compiles non-personal information from our web site visitors to provide regularly updated statistics. Such information allows us to better assess which resources best meet our visitors' needs.

OSF Healthcare System provides an appropriate level of security in our computer systems, databases and communication networks to protect web site visitors' information contained in our systems.

Please be advised that electronic mail and other Internet communications channels are not necessarily secure against interception. While we take precautions, such as encrypting communications where appropriate, if your communication is very sensitive, or includes information like your diagnosis or medical history, you might want to send it by postal mail instead.

Copyright & Trademarks

The entire contents and design of the OSF Healthcare System web sites are protected under U.S. and international copyrights. These web sites are for your personal noncommercial use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display or publish any materials within these web sites without the prior written permission of OSF Healthcare System or the appropriate copyright owner. Certain names and logos are trademarks and service marks of OSF Healthcare System and third parties and may not be used without permission.

Disclaimer

No individual should rely on published material for guidance and counsel on specific matters relating to his or her personal health.

The information provided by the OSF Healthcare System web sites is general in nature and is not intended as a guide to individual health concerns. It is not intended to replace or substitute for consultation with a qualified healthcare provider or other professional services provider.