Privacy Policy

Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. has a legal and ethical obligation to safeguard your patient rights and your protected health information.

Some patients’ rights are guaranteed by federal law, such as the right to get a copy of your medical records and the right to keep them private. Many states have additional laws protecting patients and healthcare facilities often have a patient bill of rights.

An important patient right is informed consent. This means that if you need a treatment, your health care provider should give you the information you need to make a decision.

Notice of Privacy Practices – effective date 12/09/2013

 

Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. is dedicated to protecting the privacy of your personal information.  This Privacy Statement describes Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C.’s practices related to the use, storage and disclosure of information we collect from or about you on our website www.ngoc.com (the “Website”).  This Privacy Statement describes Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C.’s practices regarding the privacy of information that is collected through the Website, and does not apply to information that Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. obtains about you from other sources.  This Privacy Statement does not apply to the practices of companies that Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. does not own or control, or to people who Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. does not employ or manage.

Your Consent

By using the Website, you consent to the data practices described in this Privacy Statement.  If you do not agree to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Statement, please do not use the Website.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. reserves the right to modify this Privacy Statement at any time and without prior notice.  All changes to this Privacy Statement will be effective immediately upon their posting to the Website.  Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. will notify you of any material changes to this Privacy Statement by conspicuously posting the changes on this Website.  Each version of the Privacy Statement will be marked with an effective date.  Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. encourages you to periodically review this Privacy Statement to be informed of how Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. is protecting your information.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C.‘s use and disclosure of certain of your information may be subject to the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, commonly referred to as HIPAA, as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH Act”).  Any information in our possession, including any information collected on this Website that constitutes “Protected Health Information” (“PHI”) as that term is defined by HIPAA, is subject to HIPAA and HITECH and governed by our Notice of Privacy Practices.  This Privacy Statement does not apply to PHI.

Personal Information

Personal information means information about an identifiable individual.  This information may include your (1) contact information (such as name, address, email address, phone number); (2) SSN and driver’s license number; (2) age; (3) gender; (4) date of birth; (5) insurance information; (6) account numbers; (7) financial and payment information; and (8) any other information you choose to provide us.

Children and Privacy

The Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. website does not offer information intended to attract children. Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. does not knowingly solicit or collect personal information from children under the age of 13.  If a child under the age of 13 provides us with personal information without parental or guardian consent, the parent or guardian may contact us at the contact information listed below, and Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. will remove the information.  No information should be submitted via this Website by users under the age of 13.

Collection and Use of your Personal Information

Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. collects personally identifiable information, such as your name and e-mail address, with your knowledge and consent and uses your personal information to administer the Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. Website and deliver the services you have requested. Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. may use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. and its affiliates. Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

The Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. Website automatically collects certain technical information, such as the Internet address from which you visit the website and your browser type. Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. compiles this information in aggregate form to help diagnose problems with servers and to gather broad demographic information. Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. may use Internet addresses for identification purposes only when necessary to enforce compliance with the Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. Website Terms of Use and to protect its service or any person, as otherwise permitted by law.

Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. will not sell, trade, lend or otherwise voluntarily disclose any personal information that you have provided for any purpose not identified under this Privacy Statement.  Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. may provide your personally identifiable information to affiliated companies or other trusted businesses or persons who work on behalf or with Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C.  These companies may use your personally identifiable information to help Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. administer its business or communicate with you about offers or other information relevant to Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C.  Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. may use a third party service provider to host the Website.  For example, Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. may share your personal information with third parties to assist in the administration of this Website; to Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. financial and legal advisors; to others as required by law; or for purposes identified from time to time and consented by you.  All such third parties are subject to confidentiality obligations and contractually obligated to maintain adequate security measures to protect your information.

Notwithstanding any other provision in this Privacy Statement, in the event someone buys or acquires Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C., or substantially all of its assets, information about you and your use of Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. services will likely be one of the assets acquired.

Use of Cookies

The Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. Website uses “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. Website.

Security of your Personal Information

Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. maintains reasonable and appropriate measures to secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, destruction, or alteration. These measures include annual internal reviews of Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C.’s practices and security measures, including a review of Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C.’s encryption and physical security measures, and securing the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled environment.  Due to the nature of the Internet and on-line communications, however, we cannot guarantee that any information transmitted on-line will remain absolutely confidential, and we are not liable for the illegal acts of third parties such as criminal hackers.

Transfer of Personal Information to the United States

Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. is based in the United States.  By providing your personal information and by using the Website, if you are located in a country other than the United States, you expressly consent to the transfer of your personal information to the United States where data protection laws may not be as stringent as those in the country in which you are located.  Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. may use third party service providers, as mentioned above, that may be located in the United States or elsewhere in the world.  By providing your personal information and by using the Website, you expressly consent to the transfer of your personal information to such third party service providers, wherever they may be located.

Access To Your Personal Information

Upon written request and verification of your identity, Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. will provide you with your personal information in our possession.  Requests for such information may be sent to the contact information below.  You may also update, correct, or delete your personal information in our possession by contacting us using the contact information below.

Related Links

The Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. Website contains links to other websites. Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. is not responsible for the privacy practices of those websites or the content provided thereon.  Please review the privacy policies and practices of those websites before use.

Contact Information

Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Statement. If you have questions or concerns with any aspect of your privacy in relation to this Privacy Statement please contact Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C.