The employees of Essentia Health System respect the privacy of our patients and those who use our website. We have created this Privacy Statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy and to disclose our practices in gathering, using and disclosing personal information in connection with our website. Personal information is information about a person that includes identifying information about that person. Note that "website" in this document should be understood as including all/any websites with the Essentia Health System family: www.EssentiaHealth.org
When you use our website, we receive and collect certain information. The information that we receive and collect depends on what you do when using the site. The following are guiding principles that Essentia Health Systems adheres to as it relates to the privacy of your information:
- Any information you submit to us through our website — whether through a survey, registration form, employment form or email — will be used exclusively by Essentia Health System or third parties performing services for Essentia Health System.
- We will use your personally identifiable information only for the specific reason for which you submitted it.
- We will take reasonable precautions to protect your personal information including encryption with SSL technology and passwords when appropriate.
- Generally, you will only receive email correspondence for information that you have requested or as confirmation of information that you have submitted.
Collection and Use of Information
Essentia Health System may use overall demographic data of our web users to improve the site and enhance services. These demographic trends will not be traceable to an individual’s personal information. On rare occasion, Essentia Health System may contact registered users by email to inquire about potential interest in new web services.
Essentia Health System is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement, except to vendors and agents in support of Essentia Health System activities. Essentia Health System does not commercially sell any customer lists or email addresses. Essentia Health System may, however, disclose personal information if permitted or required to do so by law or in good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on Essentia Health System; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Essentia Health System, the website, or website users; or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of Essentia Health System patients, the we site users, or the public.
Information You Submit
For most of the services provided on our website, we neither require nor collect user information that could personally identify you. However, in some instances we do need you to actively submit personally identifiable information. During the registration process, a user is required to give their contact information, usually your name and email address. This information is primarily used to contact users about the services on our site for which they have expressed interest. It is optional for users to provide demographic data, but encouraged, so we can provide you with better information when using our site.
Links to Third Party Web Sites
The Essentia Health System website may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that Essentia Health System is not responsible for the privacy practices of these websites. Essentia Health System is not responsible for content provided on these sites or for the validity of content on these sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Statement only applies to our website.
We exercise care in providing secure transmission of your information from your PC to our services. Personal information collected by the Essentia Health System website is stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. Only those employees who need access to your information in order to do their jobs are allowed access, each having signed a confidentiality agreement. Any employee who violates our privacy and/or security policies is subject to disciplinary action, including possible termination of employment and civil and/or criminal prosecution.
We do not intend to collect personal information from children under age 13 and in any event will not do so without the permission of the child's parent or guardian. No information collected from users under the age of 13 is used for any marketing or promotional purposes whatsoever.
Acceptance of Terms
Changes to the Privacy Statement
Access to and Managing Your Information
Essentia Health System enables you to correct or update personally identifiable information that you have previously provided to us at any time. To do so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the information that you wish to be corrected or updated.
You may opt out of receiving future contacts or mailings at any time. Essentia Health System provides you with the opportunity to opt out of receiving electronic communications from us and our partners at the point where we request information about you. To remove your personally identifiable information from our database, to not receive future communications or to no longer receive our services, send an email to email@example.com with the word “remove” in the subject line.
As a high-quality network of health care providers and health care information on the web, we are continually trying to improve our site. We want you and your family to be confident in using essentiahealth.org as your one-stop health resource. We encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions for improving our site so that we can better serve you in the future. Thank you for visiting with us.