UMass Memorial Health Care Web Site Disclaimer and Privacy
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time. Please periodically review the Terms and Conditions because your continued
usage of this site will mean that you accept those changes
This World Wide Web site does not give medical advice!
The content of the UMass Memorial Web site is provided for general
information only and is not intended in any way to substitute for professional
medical advice. Neither the content nor any other service offered through the
UMass Memorial Web site is intended to be relied upon for medical diagnosis or
treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health
professional if you have any concern about your health. To obtain medical
advice, patients must consult a physician one-on-one. Users are encouraged to
develop a professional relationship with physicians and other medical
practitioners and regularly consult with them and seek their advice.
The opinions and statements made in all articles and replies do not represent
the official opinion of UMass Memorial Health Care. UMass Memorial is not
responsible for the content of any articles or replies and is not responsible
for the content of any off-site pages that are accessible from this World Wide
Web site. UMass Memorial is providing this information as a public service only
and no guarantees or warranties are made or implied regarding such information.
Readers are encouraged to confirm the information contained herein with other
All material contained on this World Wide Web site is provided "as is" for
general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.
Consult your health care professional for advice relating to a medical problem
or condition. UMass Memorial Health Care and its subsidiaries disclaim all
warranties with respect to any information posted on this World Wide Web site.
In no event shall UMass Memorial Health Care and its affiliates be
liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages whatsoever resulting
from the use of the Web site or material, whether in an action of contract,
negligence or other action, arising out of or in connection with the use or
performance of this Web site. In addition, UMass Memorial Health Care
assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages to or any
viruses that may infect your computer equipment or software because of your
access, use of or borrowing in this or any other site.
Readers are prohibited from posting or transmitting any unlawful,
threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory,
pornographic or profane material, or any material that could constitute or
encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to
civil liability or otherwise violate applicable law.
In the course of monitoring individuals improperly using this site, or in the
course of site administration, activities of users may be monitored. If such
monitoring reveals possible evidence of criminal activity, UMass Memorial Health
Care may provide such evidence to law enforcement officials.
You acknowledge that the site contains information, data, software,
photographs, graphics, videos, text, images, typefaces, sounds and other
material (collectively "content") that are protected by copyrights, trademarks
or other proprietary rights, and that these rights are valid and protected in
all forms, media and technologies existing now or hereinafter developed. All
content is copyrighted as a collective work under the U.S. copyright laws, and
UMass Memorial owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement and
enhancement of such content. You may not modify, remove, delete, augment, add
to, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative
works from, or in any way exploit any of the content, in whole or in part. If no
specific restrictions are displayed, you may make copies of select portions of
the content, provided that the copies are made only for your personal,
information and noncommercial use and maintain any notices contained in the
content, such as all copyright notices, trademark legends, or other proprietary
rights notices. Except as provided in the preceding sentence or as permitted by
the fair use privilege under the U.S. copyright laws (see e.g. 17 U.S.C. Section
107), you may not upload, post, reproduce or distribute in any way content
protected by copyright or other proprietary right without obtaining permission
of the owner of the copyright or other proprietary right.
UMass Memorial Health Care is committed to protecting your privacy. We have
designed our Web site to allow you to visit most areas without identifying
yourself or providing personal information. For those UMass Memorial areas where
you elect to provide identifiable information, we assure you that we will make
every effort to protect your privacy. We have tried to address many common
not answer here, please send us an e-mail.
Does UMass Memorial ask for personal information?
UMass Memorial may ask for your name, e-mail address and other personal
information when you register for and/or use our services so that we can provide
you with information and services that you have requested, respond to your
questions, display content according to your preferences and contact you if
How does UMass Memorial use personal
The goal of UMass Memorial in collecting personal information is to provide
you with the most useful Web experience possible. By knowing a little bit about
you, UMass Memorial is able to deliver relevant services and content.
Will UMass Memorial disclose personal
UMass Memorial does not disclose personal information to third parties except
as described below, when we believe in good faith that the law requires
disclosure, or to protect the property rights of UMass Memorial. Any other
disclosure will require your permission. UMass Memorial may disclose aggregated
user statistics (for example, 75 percent of our users have children under age 2)
in order to describe our services to prospective customers, patients and
partners, and for other lawful purposes. In such cases, third parties will not
receive data about individuals, only information about characteristics of groups
What happens if you disclose personal information to
third parties via UMass Memorial?
From time to time, you may choose to disclose personal information via UMass
Memorial's Web site or e-mail. For example, if you send your doctor an e-mail
message via UMass Memorial, you will disclose your e-mail address and the
contents of your message to your physician. Likewise, if you request product
information or make a purchase through a retailer that you locate through the
UMass Memorial site, you may disclose personal information to obtain desired
goods, services, and/or information. You also may post messages to bulletin
boards or chat areas, allowing others to see the contents of your message and
possibly your name and e-mail address.
UMass Memorial may provide links to various third party Web sites. Please
remember that if you contact a third party and/or disclose personal information
to a third party, the third party may collect personal information from you.
Because UMass Memorial does not own or control third parties, third parties are
responsible for how they use personal information. UMass Memorial has no
responsibility or liability for their actions or policies. For further
information about how a third party uses personal information, please refer to
their posted policies or contact the third party directly.
Will UMass Memorial disclose my e-mail address to
No, UMass Memorial will not disclose your e-mail address to people outside
Will UMass Memorial use my information for direct
UMass Memorial may on occasion send you information concerning the health,
development and well-being of children and families, and on other topics that
might be of interest. Only UMass Memorial (or those working on the behalf of
UMass Memorial) will send you this information. If you do not want to receive
this information, simply e-mail a message to let us
What else should I know?
Please remember that whenever you voluntarily disclose information online --
for example, through message boards or to request information -- the information
can be collected and used by others. In other words, if you post personal
identifiable information online in non-UMass Memorial Web site areas, you may
receive unsolicited messages from others in return. Also, while we strive to
protect personal information, UMass Memorial cannot ensure the security of
information that you transmit to us via the Internet, and you do so at your own
A cookie is a piece of data stored on your hard drive that contains
information about you. Use of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally
identifiable information while on the UMass Memorial site. UMass Memorial only
Upon exiting the site, the cookie terminates with no retained record of your use
of the site. UMass Memorial has implemented technology and security policies,
rules and measures to protect the health or personal data under our control from
unauthorized access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental
destruction, and accidental loss. UMass Memorial also protects your information
by requiring that all our employees and others who have access to or are
associated with the processing of your data to respect your confidentiality.
Finally, please remember that you are responsible for maintaining the secrecy
of any passwords or account information.
We at UMass Memorial want to work with you to develop the best
service possible. Please e-mail us
if you have any questions. You will receive confirmation that
your communication has been received.
Notification of Changes
posted immediately. We will only use information in accordance with this privacy
policy under which the information was collected.
By continuing to use this site you acknowledge that you have reviewed and
agree to all of the Terms and Conditions.
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