This statement outlines the policies of eHealth Initiative and the Foundation for eHealth Initiative (“eHI” or “we”) regarding the collection and use of your personal information from your visit to our website (www.ehidc.org) and your use of eHI’s other Internet services, such as email notifications and news digests, submission of online grant proposals, and listservs and blogs.
We will not distribute this information in a manner inconsistent with this policy unless compelled by law. In particular, we receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), so if requested we must share information you provide to us with DHHS in accordance with applicable rules and regulations and the terms of our DHHS grants.
Access to public areas on the eHI web site does not require registration. However, eHI collects general information about the usage of this website as well as any personal information that you provide. The personal information we collect depends on how you choose to make use of our website and our services.
To monitor site usage and improve the quality of our website, we gather general information about the use of our site. We may use Web server logs and industry-standard website statistics software to count the number of users who visit our website, to track views of particular pages, and to generate other statistics about our website. However, we do not track individual users’ visits to our website.
We may share with third parties aggregate, anonymous information about overall usage of our website and our other Internet services to provide general information about our Internet services, sell advertising, or establish sponsorships or other business relationships. In this process, we do not share any information about specific users.
When visitors to our website or users of our other Internet services apply for or renew membership, order products, register for events, or sign up for services, we will collect personal information necessary to process the transaction. This information may include your name, address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, and credit card number or other payment information, and other information we may request (such as occupation, industry background, and areas of interest). The personal information you provide is encrypted and sent to us using a secure method, and we have taken and will continue to take reasonable steps to ensure secure and safe transmission. However, no one can guarantee that third parties, especially those willing to act illegally or inappropriately, cannot get access to information intended as private, whether transmitted via the Internet or otherwise.
Payment information, such as your credit card information, is collected only to process a transaction and stored in an encrypted format while being used to process the transaction. We will not store or distribute your payment information unless necessary for processing a transaction. We employ third parties to assist us in fulfilling order and other requests involving payment, and these third parties will have access to certain personal information to perform their services for us. We take reasonable steps to limit the use of all such personal information by these third parties to performance of these services and to obligate them to handle information appropriately and confidentially.
When contacting eHI for general information or assistance, we may ask for certain personal information such as your name, email address, or telephone or fax number. When collected for this purpose, the information is used to verify identity and to provide the assistance you are requesting.
In connection products and services offered by or through eHI (such as programs and seminars), we also may ask for personal information such as your name, address, email address, telephone and fax number as well as other information, such as your area of interest, type or nature of employer, and profession. We use this information to improve our offerings to members our customers, and may share such information with program sponsors and presenters so they may improve and focus their presentations and offerings. We also may use this information to distribute marketing materials by mail, fax or email. Our customers can elect not to receive certain printed mailings, faxes, or email notices from eHI by contacting us using the methods listed at the end of this policy. However, electing not to receive any of these communications may mean that you will not receive important notices about our products, events, or services that may be useful to you. In addition, eHI occasionally provides the names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of registrants for conferences and programs to third parties for promotional mailings, but we restrict such third parties from otherwise using or retaining such information. Customers can elect not to be included in lists provided to third parties by contacting us using the methods listed at the end of this document.
We do use “cookies” (small data files sent by a website and stored on your computer), which are used by most websites. Cookies can contain information about your use of our site, but they are not used to identify or track you personally. If you do not want to accept cookies from our website or any others, most Web browsers have a setting to turn off the automatic acceptance of cookies. Use the Internet Options (in Microsoft Internet Explorer) or Preferences (in Mozilla Firefox) menu items to turn cookies off or receive warnings when cookies are sent to your computer. However, you should be aware that portions of our website may not function properly if you do not accept cookies.
eHI does not offer or sell products or services for purchase by children. If you are under eighteen years of age, you may not purchase products or services from, and you should not provide information to, eHI without the involvement and consent of a parent or guardian.
We welcome your comments, suggestions, or questions about our privacy statement and eHI’s privacy practices. We also will honor requests to elect not to receive certain forms of communication from eHI and third parties. If you have comments, or wish to opt out of communications from or through us, please contact us:
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006