Privacy

Partners HealthCare System, Inc., through the Wellocracy Website and its associated media sites (hereinafter, “Wellocracy” or “Website”) is committed to respecting the privacy rights of users of the Website. Partners created this Privacy Policy to give you confidence as you visit and use the Website, and to demonstrate its commitment to fair information practices and to the protection of privacy. This Privacy Policy is only applicable to the Website and not to any websites or applications of third parties (“Third-Party Websites/Applications”), which may have data collection, storage and use practices and policies that differ materially from this Privacy Policy. For additional information, see the sections concerning Data Security and Third-Party Websites/Applications, below.

BY USING THE WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO ACCEPTANCE OF THIS WEBSITE PRIVACY POLICY. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE SITE.

Information Collection and Use

Information We Collect

Partners does not collect any personal information that identifies you unless you specifically provide us with that contact information voluntarily. Personal information includes information that is unique to an individual, such as a name, address, social security number, e-mail address or telephone number.

The only personal information that Partners obtains through this Website is supplied voluntarily by website visitors. By submitting personal information, you grant Partners the right to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store and use your information in connection with the operation of the website. Personal information is always stored in a secure database.

You might be asked to provide personal information, such as your name, email address and demographic information, if you choose to complete any of the online forms used for surveys, registration, events and promotions, login to personal information and to provide feedback. The information required to complete the transaction is noted on each specific form. Additional questions might be included to help us improve the services we offer.

How We Use This Information

Partners uses the information you provide to understand who is using the Website and how the Website is used, fulfill online requests, and respond to customer service inquiries or in other ways as required by law.

Requested information on voluntary forms is used to provide the services that you request, such as notification requests, registration, events and promotions, login to personal information and to provide feedback.

Data Security

Wellocracy is hosted by HostRocket. Please see HostRocket Terms of Use for further information.

Online Forms

Forms provided on the Website are meant for feedback or general purposes only, and they do not request confidential health information. Although every attempt is made to provide security measures in the transmission of information, you should not use online forms to submit confidential health care or other information. Partners is not responsible if unauthorized parties gain access to the confidential information shared in the online forms. To protect your privacy, please do not use online forms to communicate information that you consider confidential.

Email/Newsletter/Press Release Subscriptions

If you subscribe to a newsletter, publication, email communications, press release or RSS feed published by Partners and distributed by e-mail or RSS feed, we will maintain your e-mail address in a private distribution list. Messages sent electronically do not reveal recipients’ e-mail addresses or any other personal information.

Partners will only send messages to those who have opted to subscribe and who have provided their e-mail address to us directly.

E-mail Information

Occasionally, we will request personal information from you in order to deliver requested materials, respond to your questions or provide information. Partners retains personal information on file, but does not share, sell, license or transmit this information with third parties or external vendors unless required to do so by legal, judicial or governmental proceedings. If you e-mail us, your e-mail information will not be used outside of this system without your permission. We do not use your e-mail address for any other purpose.

Please note that e-mail is considered a nonencrypted (and therefore nonsecure) form of communication, and it can be accessed and viewed by others without your knowledge and permission. For that reason, to protect your privacy, please do not use e-mail to communicate information that you consider confidential.

Traffic Data and Cookies

Wellocracy automatically gathers traffic data information of the sort that browsers automatically make available, including: (i) IP addresses; (ii) domain servers; (iii) types of computers accessing the Website; and (iv) types of Web browsers accessing the Website. This information is anonymous information that does not personally identify you.

The Website uses “cookies” to determine the number of times a page on the website has been accessed. Cookies are small computer files that a website can transfer to your computer. Examples of information we collect include how often someone visits our site and their activities while on our site. We use this information in the aggregate to understand how our visitors as a group use different resources. These reports do not contain any personally identifiable information.

Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can set your browser to refuse them or to alert you when they are being sent. You can access the information on this website without enabling cookies in your browser.

Login/Passwords

Some sections of the Wellocracy Website require login identifiers and/or passwords. You are responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure that no unauthorized person has access to your password or account login information. It is your sole responsibility to control the use of login information and passwords, to authorize, monitor and control access to and use of your website account and password and to inform the website promptly of any need to deactivate a password.

Third-Party Vendors/Content Providers

Partners occasionally will engage reputable third-party vendors to help us manage our website, provide content and information and enable us to interact better with our patients and visitors.

Links to External Websites

This Website Privacy Policy applies only to the Wellocracy Website. In order to provide website users with other helpful information, the Website contains links to other websites. However, Partners provides no authority over external organizations’ websites and this policy does not apply to external sites that are provided as links. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policies on any external websites before providing them with personal information.

Changes to This Policy

Partners reserves the right to change or update this Website Privacy Policy from time to time without notice, so please review it periodically to keep informed of any changes.