Terms of Use

This statement describes Alameda Health System’s policies for protecting the privacy of internet users who visit our web site, www.alamedahealthsystem.org.

Our policy for protecting the confidentiality of patient information is a separate document, which you can view here (hyperlink to new Privacy & Patients Section).

Privacy Policy

Alameda Health System (AHS) respects your personal privacy and is committed to protecting it. It is not necessary to reveal your identity or any personal information to visit www.alamedahealthsystem.org. We obtain personally identifiable information about you only when you intentionally provide that information.

Personal Information

Some areas of our web site allow you the option to enter personal information. These may include employment or Graduate Medical Education inquiries; appointment request forms; requests for materials or information; subscriptions to email communication services; surveys or feedback forms; and email links to AHS departments or individuals. If you voluntarily choose to provide personal information, it may be viewed by various people at Alameda Health System in the process of responding to your on-line request. If you elect to receive regular e-mail communications from Alameda Health System (such as an e-mail newsletter subscription), you will always be provided with an "opt-out" method so that you can unsubscribe at any time.

If you choose to provide Alameda Health System with personal information, we will never share, rent, trade, sell, or otherwise release this information without your consent, except if we are required to do so by law.

Use of Cookies

AHS’s web site utilizes “cookies,” small text files sent by our web server and stored on the user’s computer. Cookies are used for authenticating, tracking, and maintaining specific information about users, such as the contents of the electronic “job cart” in the employment section of the site. Cookies can also track the number of people who visit our site from certain other web sites and how they utilize our web site. The cookies we use do not personally identify individuals by their name, email address, health status, or any other personal attribute.

Some general information about visitors to our site is collected automatically. This includes the domain from which you access the Internet (such as AOL or MSN); the web browser you use (such as Internet Explorer); the date and time of the visit to our site; and the pages that are visited. This information is used for statistical tracking purposes only, to help us improve our web site and provide visitors with a positive browsing experience. This information is only compiled in aggregate, so that we know how many people are visiting our site each day, how long people spend viewing our site, which pages are visited most, etc. This information will never be linked to your personal identity, used to contact you, or released to an outside entity in any way, unless you request that we do so (see the "Personal Information" section). Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but provide an option for blocking the acceptance of cookies.

Security

Alameda Health System makes extensive use of technologies and techniques to help protect the integrity of the personal information you provide to us via the Internet. Still, you should be aware that electronic communications may not always be secure, in spite of all precautions. If you are concerned about providing sensitive information, you may wish to do so via telephone, regular mail or during a personal consultation, rather than electronically.

Outside Links

The Alameda Health System web site may contain links to outside web sites that are not owned or controlled by Alameda Health System. We cannot be responsible for the privacy protections provided by sites outside of the AHS site, even if they are linked to the AHS web site. A link to an outside site, company or organization in no way constitutes an endorsement or approval of that site, information, service or organization, either outright or implied, and Alameda Health System is not responsible for content on outside sites.

Note to Parents

Alameda Health System encourages parents to monitor their children’s use of the Internet when viewing the AHS web site.

Disclaimers

Alameda Health System provides the information on www.alamedahealthsystem.org as a courtesy. It is designed for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be construed as medical advice nor should it be used for diagnostic or treatment purposes. If you feel you have a health problem, please consult a medical professional.

Alameda Health System in no way warranties or represents, whether expressly or implied, as to the accuracy, currency or entirety of any information contained or referenced in this site. AHS assumes no liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this site. AHS does not assume any risk for your use of this web site. References to specific treatments, products, or services do not constitute or imply recommendation or endorsement by Alameda Health System. The individual views and opinions expressed in the site do not necessarily reflect those of the Alameda Health System organization.

By accessing this web site, you assume full responsibility without limitation or qualification for the use of the information herein. Further, you agree that in no event will Alameda Health System or any party involved in the creation, production, or delivery of this site or any site linked to it be liable in any manner whatsoever for any decision, action or non-action taken based on information provided herein.
These terms and conditions set forth in this disclaimer are subject to change and update at any time. By choosing to visit this site, you are bound by the terms set forth in this document, and by such revisions as they are posted.

No web site is a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you have a health problem, please consult a medical professional.

Copyright Information

All material contained within www.alamedahealthsystem.org is the sole property of Alameda Health System. Everything that you see or hear on the site is copyrighted. This includes but is not restricted to all written and graphical content, text, images, photographs, illustrations, audio, video, logos, and computer programming code.

Material displayed on www.alamedahealthsystem.org may be downloaded for non-commercial, personal use only. Material displayed on the site may not be distributed, modified, reproduced or reused in any way for personal, public or commercial purposes without the written consent of Alameda Health System or its designees.

The trademarks, logos, and service marks displayed on www.alamedahealthsystem.org are registered and unregistered marks of Alameda Health System and others.

Alameda Health System does not warrant or represent that your use of materials displayed on www.alamedahealthsystem.org will not infringe the rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with Alameda Health System.

Any unauthorized use of material on www.alamedahealthsystem.org may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and communications regulations and statutes. Alameda Health System will aggressively enforce its copyright and intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law.

Questions

If you have questions about this policy, please contact our External Relations department at 510-437-4027.