Privacy Policy

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Office of Continuing Medical Education (UPenn CME) respects and values your privacy and the confidentiality of the information you choose to share with us. We are committed to protection of this information and will assure your privacy when participating in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities on our Web site.

All personally identifiable information (any information by which you can be identified) will only be used to support your relationship with UPenn CME and submission of your data to CMS for the PQRI program. We do automatically collect Internet tracking information.

Additionally, in our PQRI reporting system, and if you provide your permission to do so, we will, on your behalf, provide your Medicare identification information and the anonymous information you provide on selected performance measures to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and only to CMS and not to other for the sole purpose of such PQRI reporting. We will not ask you about, we will not collect information, and we will not distribute information on any individually identifiable patients.

Awareness

UPenn CME provides this Online Privacy Statement to make you aware of our privacy policy and practices and of the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and from the bottom of every web page.

What we collect

Information collected when you are visiting our Web site: We may collect the following information:

  • The type of browser and operating system on which that browser is operating
  • The pages that were visited and the date and time of that visit

We use this data to better understand how our site is navigated and to modify and improve the site.

We do not use cookies - a small line of text stored with your Web browser - on this site to track visitors' identification. We do use cookies however when you register for online activities on our Web site. The cookies are used to remember that you have logged in to the Web site. Since web page requests are stateless in that each request is a completely independent transaction something is needed to remember who you are between requests. No personal information is stored in the cookie. The session ID is just a random string assigned each time you visit the portal and the UID is an internal ID assigned to you when you registered for a course online.

Information collected when you register: If you decide to register for one of our PQRI registry and/or continuous professional development activities, we will collect personal information that you voluntarily share with us. This information is transferred using secure encryption technology.

In addition to using this data for registration and entry into our database, we may use this information to contact you with email updates when new material is posted to the site. We will only contact you if you indicate that you want to be notified. If you want to change your status regarding this notification at a later time, you can change it yourself on the registration page or you can contact us to change it.

We keep confidential any personal information that you provide to us. This information includes your name, postal and email addresses, and telephone number. The personal information you provide is stored in a secure location and only authorized people are able to access it. We do not share our registrants' information with other institutions, except as may be required by law.

If a fee is charged and registrants can pay online, we ask for credit card information. These transactions are encrypted before transmission over the Internet.

Information collected when you participate in a UPenn CME activity: We may ask participants to complete one or more tests of knowledge and we ask them to evaluate the CME activity providing feedback to us on the educational value of the activity.

How we use it

UPenn CME uses your information to better understand your needs and provide you with better service. Specifically, we use your information to help you complete a transaction, to communicate back to you, to update you on service and benefits, and to personalize our web site for you.

Who we share it with

UPenn CME will not sell, rent, or lease your personally identifiable information to others. Unless we have your permission or are required by law, we will only share the personal data you provide online with other CME entities and/or business partners who are acting on our behalf to complete the activities described above. Such continuing medical educational or professional development entities and/or business partners, including those located in other countries, are governed by our privacy policies with respect to the use of this data.

Choice

UPenn CME will not use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without letting you know and offering you a choice.

Security

UPenn CME is committed to ensuring the security of your information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place certain physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. As described above, we use encryption when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as your personally identifiable information or such as credit card information, should you give us permission to charge you for certain services.

Change in Policy

As our Internet site changes and our program grows, we may collect additional information or may use information in different ways. If our information practices change, we will modify this policy statement. When it does, we will post a notice on our home page to inform visitors of such changes.

Links to other Web sites

We provide links to other Web sites that may have privacy policies that are different from ours and not affiliated with UPenn CME. We are not responsible for the content or privacy policies of those sites.

Contact information

For questions regarding this Internet privacy policy, please contact UPenn CME via email at penncme@mail.med.upenn.edu of by regular mail at 423 Guardian Drive, 333 Blockley Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA.

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