Thank you for visiting our site http://www.panelphysicians.com
and finding out about our policy on Privacy. Dr. Howard Seiden
& Associates ("SEIDEN") owns and operates
this website http://www.panelphysicians.com
to inform you about its services. The information appearing on
the pages of this site has been prepared for information purposes
only and does not constitute a medical and/or legal opinion. By
using this site, you are agreeing that you are aware of SEIDEN
policies and practices relating to the management of personal
information and are consenting to the collection, use or disclosure
of personal information as has been disclosed herein. Please read
contained in this site.
Personal health information is information about an individual's
mental or physical health, including information concerning health
services provided and information about tests and examinations.
This includes information in any form, such as your age, name,
ID numbers, ethnic origin, blood type, opinions, evaluations,
comments, medical records, intentions (for example, to change
jobs or to immigrate)
What's In Your Medical Records?
Besides information about physical health, these records may include
infomation about family relationships, sexual behavior, substance
abuse, and even the private thoughts and feelings that come with
psychotherapy. This information is often keyed to a Social Insurance
Number or a Health Insurance number such as OHIP or Medicare.
As a result of a lack of consistent privacy protection or any
other reason in the use of Social Insurance, Health Insurance,
Immigration Case Numbers or other personal or family identifiers
outside of this organization or as a result of your lack of care
in handing it out, medical information may be accessible.
Information from your medical records may influence your credit,
admission to educational institutions, and employment. It may
also affect your ability to get health insurance, or the rates
you pay for coverage. More importantly, having others know intimate
details about your life may mean a loss of dignity and autonomy.
SEIDEN site does not want to receive confidential or propriety
information. SEIDEN is not responsible for any damages you
may incur if you communicate confidential information to this
organization over the Internet or any communications we may have
with you at your request, by e-mail or otherwise.
Currently medical records are not subject to federal privacy legislation
unless the record is kept by specific federal government works
because health is in provincial jurisdiction. Quebec is the only
province where medical records are protected by privacy legislation.
Automatic Data Collection
You should be aware that, as soon as you access the site http://www.panelphysicians.com
information is automatically exchanged between your computer and
the sites server without your intervention. The information does
not identify you personally unless you are connected directly
to the Internet. It consists of:
1. the Internet domain name (for example, "xcompany.com"
if you have a private Internet access account) and the IP address
(a number automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet
provider every time you use the Internet) with which you access
2. the type of browser and operating system used to access
3. the date and time you access our site;
4. the pages you visit; and
5. if you access http://www.panelphysicians.com
from another site (referral site), its address
This exchange of information is necessary if the server is to
transmit to you a file compatible with the computer equipment
you are using. SEIDEN keeps the required information in
order to have a record of the number of visitors, the pages visited
most often, the technology used by the site's clientele, the referral
sites and the countries of origin of visitors to the site. Your
name and e-mail address will not be provided or released to a
third party without the your express permission. E-mail information,
personal information about your access and navigation, and information
volunteered by yourself as a site visitor, such as survey information
and site registration information, may be used by SEIDEN
to improve the site but will not be shared with or sold to other
organizations for commercial purposes without your express permission.
However, see "To whom is it disclosed?" and "Do
we keep it " below for additional circumstances when you
are granting us permission to release it.
You should refer to the specific instructions for setting up
your browser to ensure that your personal information is not automatically
being provided without your prior agreement.
Information Voluntarily Provided By The User
An e-mail message that is not encrypted has no guarantee of confidentiality
and is akin to a post card, which can be read by anyone as it
travels along its route. SEIDEN offers you the opportunity
to communicate by e-mail. Transmitting user information by e-mail,
however, has a number of risks that users should consider before
using e-mail. These include, but are not limited to, the following
a. E-mail can be circulated, forwarded, and stored in
numerous paper and electronic files.
b. E-mail can be immediately broadcast worldwide and
be received by many intended and unintended recipients.
c. E-mail senders can easily misaddress an e-mail.
d. E-mail is easier to falsify than handwritten or signed
e. Backup copies of e-mail may exist even after the sender
or the recipient has deleted his or her copy.
f. Employers and on-line services have a right to archive
and inspect e-mail's transmitted through their systems.
g. E-mail can be intercepted, altered, forwarded, or
used without authorization or detection.
h. E-mail can be used to introduce viruses into computer
i. E-mail can be used as evidence in court.
A "cookie" is a small text file containing a unique
identifying code for the individual e.g., you, which is placed
automatically on your own computer hard drive by the web site
computer. It is used to identify individuals to a site whenever
they visit, to store information about them such as their password;
to record information about their activities when they are at
the site including other automatically collected data such as
the pages they visit or their actions on each page. The operation
of cookies is controlled by the user in the browser settings (the
default is to accept all cookies) but they may be turned off or
the browser can be set to notify the user before one is accepted.
SEIDEN or http://www.panelphysicians.com
does not write permanent or temporary cookies onto your hard discs
at all. Whenever we will enable "cookies" to facilitate
your transactions in the future, we will post it on the web site.
contains links to other sites, which may write temporary or permanent
cookies onto your hard discs. SEIDEN have not reviewed all
of the sites linked to its Internet website and is not responsible
for the contents of any such linked site. For more information,
read the policy on privacy of those sites. When you leave http://www.panelphysicians.com,
to a linked site, no message informs you that "you are leaving
the virtual space and that any information exchanged is no longer
subject to the http://www.panelphysicians.com/
Use of any such linked website is at the user's own risk.
What Personal Information Do We Collect? Why Do We Collect
This site does not collect any personally identifying information
about individuals except when specifically and knowingly provided
by such individuals. Submitting an email with personally identifying
information to Panel.Physicians@panelphysicians.com
with or without any attachments will constitute permission to
SEIDEN to collect personally identifying information and
permission to verify such information at the appropriate time.
Personally identifying information provided by individuals will
be used only by our intake Staff in connection with completion
of the request for an appointment or general inquiries communication
that requires a response and the follow up services. Our policy
is to use this kind of information within SEIDEN on a need-to-know
basis with the utmost discretion and confidentiality.
How Do We Collect It? Do we keep it?
By automatic data collection as described above and when an email
with personally identifying information is sent by you and is
received in our inbox. Email not archived or transferred to another
database. The input staff for purposes of the setting up the appointment
or responding to general inquiries uses the personally identifying
information specifically and knowingly provided.
Personally identifying information will not be sold or rented
to others, however we occasionally work with other professional
healthcare practices across Canada and the United States and it
may be necessary to transfer personally identifying information
and to make it accessible to their employees on a need-to-know
basis with the utmost discretion and confidentiality. Once
you have made an appointment and seen a SEIDEN Panel Physician
or you have disclosed information to a SEIDEN Panel Physician
personally or by email pleased be advised that the SEIDEN
Panel Physician is under certain obligations at law to disclose
personally identifying information. For example in the event
that your blood test is positive for HIV or syphilis your name
will be forwarded to the appropriate public health authority as
required by law. Personally identifying information will also
be forwarded to U.S. Immigration Authorities if you wish to pursue
your visa application.
To whom is it disclosed? When is it disposed of?
Personally identifying information will not be used or disclosed
for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except
with your consent or as required by law or in the good faith belief
that such action is necessary or appropriate to (a) conform to
or comply with any law, regulation or court order; (b) protect
and defend our rights or property or that of our suppliers and
licensors, whether or not required to do so by law; or (c) protect
the personal safety of users of our Site or the public. We also
reserve the right to disclose Personal Information to appropriate
authorities at our discretion when it appears that activities,
which are illegal, are taking place. Personally identifying information
is only retained as long as necessary for the fulfilment of those
purposes and as may be required to comply with the laws relating
to health care professionals records in the relevant jurisdiction.
If you do not wish to allow your data to be shared with other
Healthcare professionals across Canada and the United States you
can advise us in writing when specifically and knowingly providing
it by email or from time to time by visiting this web site and
It will take effect only after we acknowledge receipt of your
How is it secured?
Personally identifying information sent by Email is not secured.
Emails are not archived separately. Once we transfer the information
to the SEIDEN input staff for an appointment or general
inquiries communication that requires a response, we endeavour
to take adequate measures appropriate to the sensitivity of the
information to protect the security of information that we receive
from you against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access,
disclosure, copying, use, or modification. Methods of protection
include physical measures (e.g. locked filing cabinets and restricted
access to offices), organizational measures (e.g.,limited access
on a "need-to-know" basis) and technological measures
(e.g. the use of passwords and encryption). However absolute security
of information is not possible at this time.
Can You Change Or Update Personally Identifying Information?
We provide site visitors with no direct Internet access to information
that we have collected and that we maintain about them. However,
upon request we offer visitors the ability to have factual inaccuracies
corrected or update in information that we maintain about them.
SEIDEN. for further instructions about updating your personally
A Data Steward has been assigned by SEIDEN as the person
charged with overall responsibility for assuring the adherence
to SEIDEN information and privacy policies. If you wish
to verify the accuracy and completeness of the information you
have provided and have it amended as appropriate or if you have
questions or comments or you wish to address a concern regarding
this policy contact Data