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South Shore Hospital Website Terms and Conditions of Use

Please read carefully.

By using this site you signify your consent to these terms and conditions.  This site is owned and operated by South Shore Hospital, 55 Fogg Road, South Weymouth, Massachusetts. It contains material supplied by South Shore Hospital, its affiliates, and other sources.

We reserve the right to modify these terms and conditions and recommend that you periodically review them, because if you use the site you will be expected to comply with them.

Disclaimer

South Shore Hospital’s website is intended to provide general educational information and to help users arrange more easily for health care services.  Some information on the site is written by health care providers affiliated with South Shore Hospital and some content is provided by outside sources.

This website does not attempt to provide specific medical advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider's judgment.

Website users should not rely upon this website if they might need emergency medical treatment.  We strongly encourage website users to consult with a qualified health care professional for answers to personal questions.

Use of programs on the South Shore Hospital website does not establish a doctor-patient relationship.  Should you electronically request a referral to South Shore Hospital medical staff member, we will use the information to connect you to a desired provider.

You assume full responsibility for using the information on this site, and you understand and agree that South Shore Hospital and its affiliates are not responsible or liable for any claim, loss, or damage resulting from its use by you or any user.  While we work to keep the information on this website as accurate as possible, we disclaim any warranty concerning its accuracy, timeliness, and completeness, and any other warranty, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

South Shore Hospital also does not warrant that access to the site will be error- or virus-free.  We provide links to other websites for your convenience.  South Shore Hospital is not responsible for the availability, accuracy, or content of those external sites, nor does it endorse them.

Material on South Shore Hospital’s website is protected by copyright law.  Unless otherwise stated, users may print or download information from this site for personal, non-commercial use only, provided they identify the source of the material and include a statement that the materials are protected by copyright law.  Permission to reprint or otherwise reproduce any document in whole or in part is prohibited, unless prior written consent is obtained from the copyright owner.

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Privacy Statement

At South Shore Hospital we are committed to protecting the privacy and security of the users of our website.  We understand that health is a very personal, private subject and we are committed to protecting the privacy and security of website users.

As an organization that truly cares about ethical issues concerning medical and health information available on its website, South Shore Hospital subscribes to the Health on the Net Foundation Code of Conduct for health care websites. To learn more, click here

You may use most of this website without providing any personal information.  Sometimes we do need information to provide services that you request.

When providing personal information via e-mail to the hospital, please remember that e-mail messages can be viewed by other Internet users while in transit.  If you have individualized information to communicate, please use the appropriate secure online form or contact the necessary party using traditional means such as phone or mail.

You may be asked to provide personal information, such as demographic information, if you choose to complete any of the online forms used for event registration, special events and promotions, and to provide feedback.  The information required to complete the transaction is noted on the form.  Additional questions may be included to help us improve the services we offer.  If you prefer not to enter your personal information on the website, please call South Shore Hospital at 781-624-8000.

Only authorized South Shore Hospital staff members who need the information you provide to perform a specific task have access to your information.  All South Shore Hospital staff members are required to attend training on Privacy and Confidentiality.

South Shore Hospital currently discloses personal information you provide through this website only to process credit card information or as required by law, and has no current plans to make other disclosures of such information.  Personal information that is provided (such as names, addresses, phone numbers) will not be disclosed, sold, or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties.  We will notify you through this online policy if there are any changes.

Requested information on voluntary forms is used to provide the services that you request, such as physician referrals, employment or volunteer applications, mailing of publications, and related activities.

"Cookies" are small computer files that a website can transfer to your computer.  Examples of information we collect through cookies include how often users visit our site and what they visit while at our website.  This information is gathered in the aggregate to understand how our visitors as a group use different resources and to help us improve our website.  These reports do not contain any personally-identifiable information.  Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can set your browser to refuse them or to alert you when they are being sent.  You can access information on South Shore Hospital’s website without having cookies enabled in your browser.

This Privacy Policy applies only to South Shore Hospital’s website.  This website contains links to other sites.  Please be aware that this policy does not apply to non-South Shore Hospital websites.  We encourage you to read the Privacy Policies on any other sites before providing them with personal information.

January 2004

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