Highlands Wellmont Health Network Privacy Statement

Highlands Wellmont Health Network is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Highlands Wellmont Health Network Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Highlands Wellmont Health Network website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

Highlands Wellmont Health Network collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Highlands Wellmont Health Network also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Highlands Wellmont Health Network. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Highlands Wellmont Health Network for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Highlands Wellmont Health Network Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Highlands Wellmont Health Network public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Highlands Wellmont Health Network does not read any of your private online communications.

Highlands Wellmont Health Network encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Highlands Wellmont Health Network so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Highlands Wellmont Health Network is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Highlands Wellmont Health Network and Highlands Wellmont Health Network family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

Highlands Wellmont Health Network collects and uses your personal information to operate the Highlands Wellmont Health Network Web site and deliver the services you have requested. Highlands Wellmont Health Network also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Highlands Wellmont Health Network and its affiliates. Highlands Wellmont Health Network may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Highlands Wellmont Health Network does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. Highlands Wellmont Health Network may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Highlands Wellmont Health Network may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Highlands Wellmont Health Network, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Highlands Wellmont Health Network does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Highlands Wellmont Health Network keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Highlands Wellmont Health Network, in order to determine what Highlands Wellmont Health Network services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Highlands Wellmont Health Network to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Highlands Wellmont Health Network Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Highlands Wellmont Health Network or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Highlands Wellmont Health Network; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Highlands Wellmont Health Network, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Highlands Wellmont Health Network Web site use "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.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Highlands Wellmont Health Network pages, or register with Highlands Wellmont Health Network site or services, a cookie helps Highlands Wellmont Health Network to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Highlands Wellmont Health Network Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Highlands Wellmont Health Network features that you customized.

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 Highlands Wellmont Health Network services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

Highlands Wellmont Health Network secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Highlands Wellmont Health Network secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

Highlands Wellmont Health Network will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Highlands Wellmont Health Network encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Highlands Wellmont Health Network is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Highlands Wellmont Health Network welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Highlands Wellmont Health Network has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Highlands Wellmont Health Network at  tina.strong@wellmont.org. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.