Banner Health Privacy Statement
Effective Date: 07/30/2004
This privacy statement describes and applies to the information we collect from you when you visit the Banner Health web site, how we use that information, and under what circumstances we disclose it. It will also give you more information about how to manage the personal information that you provide to us through this site. This statement applies only to information you provide to us online while visiting or using our site. It does not apply to information we have obtained or may obtain offline through other traditional means.
Banner also maintains a separate Notice of Privacy Practices as required by law, that applies to protected health information that it collects from individuals. You may view that statement in English or our Spanish version.
1. The information we collect.
When you use our site, we receive and collect certain information. The information that we receive and collect depends on what you do when you visit Banner's web site (BannerHealth.com).
Automatically Collected Information.
Some information is automatically received and sometimes collected from you when you visit the BannerHealth.com site. This information may include some or all of the following items: the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet, including the Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using and the IP address of your Internet Service Provider; the type and version of Internet browser software you use and your operating system; the type and version of your media player(s); the date and time you access our site, the length of your stay and the specific pages, images, video or forms that you access while visiting the site; the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site, and if applicable, the search engine that referred you and any search strings or phrases that you entered into the search engine to find this site; and demographic information concerning the country of origin of your computer and the language(s) used by it. We use this information to monitor the usage of our site, assess its performance, ensure technological compatibility with your computer, and understand the relative importance of the information provided on our site. We may also use this data to conduct statistical analyses on visitors' usage patterns and other aggregated data.
Information Collected via Cookies.
Information Collected Using Pixel Tags or Clear GIFs.
Pixel Tags or Clear GIFs, also known as Web Beacons or Web Bugs, are transparent graphical images placed on a web site. Currently, Banner Health does not use them on its site.
Information You Actively Submit.
For most of the browsing on our site, we neither require nor collect "User Information." User Information is information that could personally identify you, for example, your name, e-mail address, billing address, shipping address(es), phone number, social security number, and credit card information. You can browse the BannerHealth.com site and take as much time as you want to review our services without having to submit such User Information.
In the following instances, however, we do need you to actively submit User Information: when you want to (i) submit a job application, (ii) make an online donation, (iii) sign up for a class or event conducted at one of our medical centers; (iv) send an e-mail message to us or otherwise provide online comments, criticisms, suggestions or feedback; (v) participate in a chat session; or (vi) purchase merchandise from the Banner Brand Central Store (vii) pre-register for a hospital procedure such as surgery.
Banner uses a third party to host its Brand Central Store. If you purchase merchandise from Banner Health, Banner Health will share your User Information, including without limitation your name, address, telephone number, credit card number, billing and shipping address with those third parties necessary to fill your order. Banner Health does not warrant and cannot guarantee the information privacy policies and practices of such third parties.
If you make donations, your information is provided to one or more of the following 501(c)(3) organizations: Banner Health Foundation; McKee Medical Center Foundation; North Colorado Medical Center Foundation; East Morgan County Hospital Foundation; and/or Sterling Regional MedCenter Foundation.
We do not require you to provide any personal medical information about yourself to us online, and we ask that you do not share personal medical information through the Site, especially information that you wish to keep confidential. Information you provide through our web site is not protected under confidentiality laws that protect physician-patient communications. Please carefully select what you choose to disclose. In addition, while Banner attempts to prevent unauthorized access to our Web site files, such access may occur. Personal medical information that Banner receives in any manner is subject to separate privacy practices. Our statement regarding the treatment of such information can be read in English or Spanish.
Personal Information about Children.
The Banner web site is targeted primarily for use by adults. Accordingly, we do not knowingly collect age identifying information, except on job applications, nor do we knowingly collect any personal information from children under the age of 13. However, we advise all visitors to our site under the age of 13 not to disclose or provide any User Information on our site. In the event that we discover that a child under the age of 13 has provided User Information to us, in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protect Act (see the Federal Trade Commission's Web site for more information about this Act), we will delete the child's User Information from our files to the extent technologically possible.
2. How we use and share User Information.
When you actively submit User Information through the web site, we will use that information in one or more of the following ways:
a. To process, complete or otherwise act upon or respond to your request or reason for submitting that information;
b. To register and/or verify you in connection with a service or feature that you are attempting to access or obtain;
c. To communicate with you about your request or reason for submitting that information;
d. To provide additional information to you about Banner and its services that we believe may interest you;
e. To study and analyze the use of the information and features available on our web site; and
We do not sell User Information to third parties. And except where we otherwise obtain your express permission, we share your User Information with third parties only under the limited circumstances stated below:
a. Credit card authorization companies receive the credit card number and other personal identifying information only to verify the credit card numbers and process a transaction.
b. User Information is disclosed to third parties necessary to process a particular request you have made, to complete a purchase order for merchandise and to deliver your purchase to you or to process a donation.
c. User Information submitted in connection with a job application may be disclosed to third parties to conduct background checks, obtain credit reports, verify prior employment, check references and for any other lawful purpose that is in our judgment reasonably necessary to our interviewing and hiring process.
d. User Information is subject to disclosure in response to judicial or other governmental subpoenas, warrants and court orders served on Banner Health in accordance with their terms, or as otherwise required by applicable law.
f. User Information may be disclosed and transferred if Banner Health or its business is sold or offered for sale to another company or person(s), if a petition for relief under the United States Bankruptcy Laws is filed by or against Banner Health, or if Banner Health becomes subject to an order of appointment of a trustee or receiver.
g. If you communicate with us via e-mail, we will share your correspondence, including any User Information provided in the e-mail, with employees, volunteers, representatives, or agents most capable of addressing your correspondence. We will retain your communication until we have done our very best to provide you with a complete and satisfactory response and may subsequently retain your communication for our records.
Except where we are compelled by law to disclose your User Information, you have a right to choose whether we disclose your User Information to a third party or use your User Information for a purpose incompatible with the purpose(s) for which it was originally provided or subsequently authorized by you. Except where we are compelled by law to maintain your User Information, you also have a right to disclose whether we keep your User Information. Please notify us using the contact information provided below if you wish to opt out of any such use. Please be aware that opting out of certain third party use may prevent us from providing the services or products that you request.
All comments, feedback, suggestions, ideas, and other submissions disclosed, submitted, or offered to Banner Health in connection with your use of this web site (collectively "Comments") shall be and remain the property of Banner Health. Unless otherwise prohibited by law, you agree that Banner Health may use or disclose Comments in any manner, without restriction and without compensation to you.
3. Linking to third-party web sites.
When you click on links on our site that take you to third-party web sites, you will be subject to the third parties' privacy policies. While we support the protection of privacy on the Internet, Banner Corporation cannot be responsible for the actions of any third-party web sites. We encourage you to read the posted privacy statement of any and every site you visit, whether you are linking from our site or browsing on your own.
4. Access to and Managing Your User Information.
We believe it is important for you to be able to find out what User Information you have provided to us through our site. If you have provided us with User Information, you can contact us to request that we provide you with the User Information we have in our records about you. We reserve the right to limit the number of times such a request can be made and to charge you for responding to such requests if this process is misused or abused. You may contact us using the contact information provided below to inquire about your User Information, and to correct, amend, or delete such information. We want the User Information we have on record about you to be as complete and accurate as possible.
If you believe that any User Information we have in our records about you is inaccurate, incomplete, or incompatible with the purposes for which it was provided or subsequently authorized by you, please notify us using the contact information provided below.
5. What You Need to Do to Protect Your Personally Identifiable Information.
You have several options when deciding how you can best protect your User Information. One option is simply not to volunteer it. As stated above, this approach would allow you to still visit our site – although it will prevent you, for example, from taking advantage of some of our site's features, completing an order, and signing up for classes. The Federal Trade Commission's web site, www.ftc.gov, also offers useful information about how to protect User Information provided to a web site.
6. What to Do About Suspected Violations of This Privacy Statement.
If at any time you believe Banner Health has not adhered to the policies and principles set forth in this Privacy Statement, please notify us using the contact information provided below. We will make all commercially reasonable efforts to promptly address your concerns.
7. Changes to Privacy Policies.
8. Questions, comments and contact information.