MedRepublic, Inc. (MedRepublic”) provides the following services (“Services”) through its site www.MedRepublic.com. MedRepublic provides price and quality information transparently for all procedures and treatments listed by Providers (defined below) on the Site (defined below). MedRepublic Users, defined below, may use the Site to identify Providers, obtain information about procedures, treatments, fees and costs, securely exchange health information with Providers, and make all necessary travel arrangements. All communications are through the MedRepublic secure platform.
1. Use of MedRepublic Website
MedRepublic.com (the "Site"), is to be used for communication purposes only. The Site is a tool for and is intended to assist Users and health care providers to communicate, but is not intended as a substitute for, the advise and expertise of a qualified physician or health care provider (hereinafter "Provider"). Providers and other Users may not use the Site, or any of the data or other resources linked to or contained therein (hereinafter, the "Content") as the means to diagnose a health problem or disease, or as the sole means of determining diagnosis or treatment.
MedRepublic does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, products, procedures, opinions, or other information or Content that may be communicated, transmitted or linked using the Site. MedRepublic may use information provided by a User for its internal business purposes and to facilitate the services it provides to one or more Users.
Operating Standards. The use of MedRepublic Site to collect, use, and disclose PHI is governed by the following standards:
- Legal Compliance. MedRepublic requires all users to collect, use, and disclose PHI in compliance with all United States and state laws, or the laws of such other pertinent jurisdictions, governing the privacy, security, and integrity of PHI and related data.
- Data Collection and Format. MedRepublic will access only that PHI and data for use by or on behalf of Users of the Site as permitted by HIPAA, HITECH, the implementing regulations and other applicable laws. MedRepublic may collect non-identifiable information in all instances permitted by law. MedRepublic will limit its collection of data only to that which is necessary for fulfilling its obligations to Users and Providers and for its own internal business purposes. Prior to collecting or receiving PHI about an individual, Providers will provide the individual with a notice that discloses to the individual the type of information being collected, the purpose for which the information is being collected, the names or categories of those who will have access to the information, the methods for accessing and correcting PHI records in the possession of the Provider. The notice will also inform the individual User of his/her right to at any time withdraw consent for collection, use and/or disclosure of the individual’s PHI.
- Data Integrity and Security. MedRepublic will implement appropriate physical, logical, and other safeguards to guard against data loss, theft, adulteration or other misuse of PHI under the control of MedRepublic. The method and amount of safeguarding necessary for data protection will depend on the type of data that is being protected and will be consistent with those standards identified by HITECH and the implementing regulations. In the event MedRepublic either discovers or is notified of a breach of its Site security system, MedRepublic will notify the applicable User and Provider so each can take protective actions. By using the MedRepublic Site, Provider agrees to such communications and agrees that MedRepublic may post notice of Security Breaches on the Site with information regarding appropriate remedial actions.
- Enforcement. MedRepublic has procedures in place to ensure ongoing adherence to these operating standards. MedRepublic encourages Users to raise any concerns that they may have regarding the way PHI is handled within the MedRepublic Site by contacting MedRepublic at the address listed below.
- Dispute Resolution. Any questions or concerns regarding the use or disclosure of PHI by MedRepublic or a Provider should be directed to MedRepublic’s privacy officer at the address given below. MedRepublic will investigate and attempt to resolve any disputes or complaints regarding the use and disclosure of PHI. If a dispute or complaint cannot be resolved between MedRepublic and the complainant, MedRepublic will work with a third-party to resolve the dispute or complaint.
- Contact Information. [email protected], 1600 Main Street Venice CA, 90291, USA
- Changes to this policy. This policy will be revised, as necessary, to reflect any changes to current regulations governing patient confidentiality.