Terms of Use

WEBSITE TERMS OF USE

WEBSITE DISCLAIMER

Welcome to the Health First Medical Center, P.C. Web site. By using our site, you agree to the following terms of use, which constitute an agreement between HFMC and you.

1. This Web site is designed for general patient educational and information purposes only and does not render medical advice or professional services. The information provided through this Web site should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional health care, and is designed to support - not replace - the relationship you have with your health care provider. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.
If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Hospital.

2. HFMC disclaims any liability whatsoever for any documentation, information, programs, software, or other material that is or may become a part of the Web site. HFMC does not warrant or guarantee that the information will meet your needs and requirements.

3. Our Web site may include links to third party Web service providers. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement of the content on such sites. We are not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites.

WEBSITE PRIVACY STATEMENT

1. Modern information and communication technologies play a fundamental role in the activities of an organization like HFMC. We are based in the United States of America. Our principal activity is the delivery of health care services to resident in and near Southwestern Pennsylvania.

2. Our Privacy Statement covers HFMC, and any of its Web pages accessible via the primary Web site listed below:

Health First Medical Center
1829 University Drive
Dunbar, PA 15431
USA
Primary Web site: www.hfmedicalcenter.com

3. You can access our Web site home page and browse our site without disclosing your personal data.

4. We do not collect or use personal data for any purpose other than that indicated on the Web pages where the information is requested or collected.

CONTENT REVIEW

HFMC's goal is to provide high quality health information through the content on its Web sites. Every effort has been made to provide accurate, timely, and comprehensive information that will be useful to its readers.

We define content as all material (text, images, graphics, tables, audio, and visual) and menu icons, bars, listings, indices, as well as functions that support content such as links, navigation, searches, and calculations.
HFMC uses original, stock, and purchased photography on the Web site. The individuals portrayed in the images are models and are not intended to imply endorsement or any association with any illness or condition.

We don't offer you any warranty or guarantee related to our sites; we specifically disclaim any warranties, expressed or implied. It is the responsibility of visitors to our site to evaluate the information we provide and determine its relevancy and usefulness to them.

We welcome your feedback about the content provided on the HFMC Web site. However, we must make the final decisions about the information that is posted on our site to ensure that it meets the needs of all of our users.

Please contact us with any comments or concerns regarding the content on our Web site.

RESTRICTIONS ON USE

By using our Web site, you agree to the following terms of use, which constitute an agreement between HFMC and you.

We may change these terms from time to time. You may view the most current version through the link that appears on the left-hand side of all pages on our Web site.

HFMC owns the information on this Web site. The entire contents and design of this site are protected under U.S. and international copyright laws. You may look at our Web site online, download information to your computer to read later, or print copies of pages for yourself, your family, or your friends. However, you must not remove any copyright notices from our materials. We reserve all other rights, which means that you must not sell our information, rewrite or modify it, redistribute it, use it on your own Web site, or use it for any other commercial purpose without our prior written permission.

We usually permit other organizations to provide a simple link from their site to ours. However, you must first ask our permission if you intend to frame our site or incorporate pieces of it into a different site or product in a way that could confuse our users. To request permission, please contact us.

HFMC controls our Web sites from our office in Dunbar, Pennsylvania, USA. By accessing our Web site, regardless of where you are located, you agree that the statutes and laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will apply to all matters regarding the use of our Web site.

By accessing our Web site, you agree with these terms and conditions. We reserve the right to change the terms and conditions when necessary, and your continuing use of our Web site constitutes your acceptance of and agreement to any changes.

NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE

The contents of the HFMC Web site, such as text, graphics, images, information obtained from HFMC's licensors, and other material contained on the HFMEDICALCENTER.COM Web site ("Content") are for informational purposes only and does not render medical advice or professional services. The information provided through this Web site should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on HFMC's Web site.

HFMC disclaims any liability whatsoever for any documentation, information, programs, software, or other material which is or may become a part of the website. HFMC does not warrant or guarantee that the information will not be offensive to any user. User is hereby put on notice that by accessing and using the Web site, user assumes the risk that the information and documentation contained in the Web site may not meet the needs and requirements of the user.
If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Hospital.

E-MAIL TERMS OF USE

E-MAIL DISCLAIMER

HFMC will use reasonable means to protect the privacy of your health information sent by e-mail. However, because of the risks outlined below, HFMC cannot guarantee that e-mail communications will be confidential.

Additionally, HFMC will not be liable in the event that you or anyone else inappropriately uses your e-mail. HFMC will not be liable for improper disclosure of your health information that is not caused by HFMC's intentional misconduct.

E-MAIL RISKS AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

At the discretion of the HFMC, its staff, physicians and agents (HFMC) and upon your agreement to the terms outlined within this consent form, you may use e-mail to communicate with HFMC. These e-mails may contain your personal health information. If you decide to use e-mail to communicate with HFMC, you should be aware of the following risks and/or your responsibilities:

1. As the Internet is not secure or private, unauthorized people may be able to intercept, read and possibly modify e-mail you send or are sent by HFMC.

2. You must protect your e-mail account, password and computer against access by unauthorized people.

3. Since e-mail can be used to spread viruses, some which cause e-mail messages to be sent to people who you do not intend to send e-mail messages to, you should install and maintain virus protection software on your PC.

4. Since e-mails can be copied, printed and forwarded by people to whom you send e-mails, you should be careful regarding whom you send e-mails.

5. As your employer may claim ownership of, or the right to access, the e-mail account issued to you by your e-mail, you should avoid using an employer issued e-mail account to communicate with HFMC.

CONDITIONS FOR THE USE OF E-MAIL

By consenting to the use of e-mail with HFMC, you agree that:

1. HFMC may forward e-mails as appropriate for diagnosis, treatment, reimbursement, and other related reasons. As such, HFMC staff members, other than the recipient, may have access to e-mails that you send. Such access will only be to such persons who have a right to access your e-mail to provide services to you. Otherwise, HFMC will not, otherwise, forward e-mails to independent third parties without your prior written consent, except as authorized or required by law.

2. Although HFMC will try to read and respond promptly to your e-mails, HFMC staff may not read your e-mail immediately. Therefore, you should not use e-mail to communicate with HFMC if there is an emergency or where you require an answer in a short period of time.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Hospital.

3. If your e-mail requires or asks for a response, and you have not received a response within a reasonable time period, it is your responsibility to follow up directly with HFMC.

4. You should carefully consider the risk of using e-mail for the communication of sensitive medical information, such as, but not limited to, information regarding sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS/HIV, mental health, developmental disability, or substance abuse.

5. You should carefully word your e-mail messages so the information provided clearly, yet briefly, describes the information you intend to convey. You should avoid writing long "chatty" e-mails.

6. You are responsible for correcting any unclear or incorrect information.

7. HFMC reserves the right to save your e-mail and include your e-mail or information contained within your e-mail in your medical record.

8. It is the patient's responsibility to follow up and/or schedule an appointment if warranted or recommended by HFMC.

9. E-mails may not be the only form of communication that HFMC will use to communicate with you. Additionally, HFMC may decide that it is not in your best interest to continue to communicate with you by e-mail. In such case, HFMC will notify that it no longer intends to communicate with you by e-mail.

E-MAIL INSTRUCTIONS

1. You shall immediately inform those individuals with whom you communicate with at HFMC of changes in your e-mail address.

2. You shall put your name and such other information as is necessary for HFMC to identify you in the body of the e-mail.

3. You shall include the category of the communications in the e-mail's subject line, for handling purposes (e.g. prescription, appointment, medical advice, billing question, etc.)

4. Prior to sending the e-mail, you shall review the e-mail to make sure it is clear and that all relevant or requested information is provided.

5. You consent to communicate by e-mail by sending an e-mail to all of the e-mail addresses (mailboxes) that you had previously communicated to.

CONTACTING US

Should you have any questions regarding these Terms of Use, the Privacy Statement, or the collection, retention, or management of any information on this Web site, please contact us.