Astute Doctor Pty Ltd (Astute) respects your privacy. Astute does not share its user’s personally identifiable information with any third party except as described herein.
Astute shares personally identifiable information as is necessary to fulfill its Continuing Medical Education (CME) responsibilities as required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) in the USA, and the various accrediting bodies of similar activities in other countries. Authorized Users may gain access to the website with their registration fees partially or completely funded by an external organization – in this instance Astute also provides the names and locations of Authorized users to the external organization. At this time, we do not share any specific information about educational materials accessed by individuals to any outside parties.
There are two ways in which we collect personal information through our online CME activities. The first is when an online user registers to the website and provides a name, address, email address, telephone number and other details essential for the provision of CME certificates or similar documentation. This information is stored in a database so that Astute may identify the people using the website to obtain CME credit. This record-keeping is required by the ACCME and most other accrediting bodies. We will also use that data in assessing what information to provide to you regarding various CME activities for which you have registered or that may be of interest.
We also collect personal information when a user makes a request to receive free downloadable information or e-mail alerts when new items are added to the website or when Astute announces new educational offerings. Users may be asked to supply their names and email addresses in order to fulfill the request, and an opt-out form enables e-mail alert subscribers to unsubscribe at any time.
ACCME COMPLIANCE (USA ONLY)
Astute shall adhere to the policy framework of online Internet activities or enduring material as defined by the ACCME. A full description of these policies may be found at the following web addresses:
THE ACCME’S ESSENTIAL AREAS AND THEIR ELEMENTS
As a result, if you register from within the United States:
1. You will be clearly notified when you are leaving the Astute website.
2. Advertising of any type is prohibited within the educational content of CME activities on the Internet including, but not limited to, banner ads, subliminal ads, and pop-up window ads.
3. At the start of each Internet CME activity, the hardware and software required to participate will be identified.
4. There will be a mechanism in place for you to be able to contact Astute if there are questions about the Internet CME activity.
5. Astute will provide upon request documentation establishing that Astute owns the copyright for, or has received permissions for use of, or is otherwise permitted to use copyrighted materials used in the Materials.
This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, unauthorized access and alteration of the information under our control. All users must log into the website before any information is available. The information entered by users is not shared with other users of this system. There is no transmission of patient information involved on this website and therefore no implications to regulation by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and HIPPA are applicable. Our security features include non-reversible encryption of stored passwords, and all payments are processed by PayPal who offer the highest level of commercially available encryption for your confidential information. More information about PayPal security can be found on their website
ADVERTISING & FUNDING
Funds to operate the Astute CME website come primarily from registration fees paid by course participants. A small percentage of the funds many come from external support for individual online courses or defined groups of physicians. In cases where external support is involved, a clear statement will be made on the title page of the course.
NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES
Astute uses opt-in email to communicate to our users major updates to the system, system outages, and any changes with our pricing structure or privacy policies.
ACCESS TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND CORRECTIONS
You may change your personally identifiable information at any time. After you log in to our website, click on “Profile”. Change your information and then click on the “Update Profile” button. If you would like to have us change your information, please send an email to email@example.com and we will change it for you.
You can request access to the personal information held about you by writing to the Privacy Officer at PO Box 559, Frenchs Forest NSW 1640, Australia or fax +61 2 9452 3154.
Though we make every effort to preserve your privacy we may need to disclose personal information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on our website.