Orthodontists have been and continue to be bound by professional standards of
confidentiality that are even more stringent than those required by law.
Therefore, we have always protected your right to privacy.
Like all health care providers, some orthodontists are now required* by law to inform their
patients, upon request, of their policies regarding privacy of patient
information. This is due to the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996, whose privacy provisions became effective in April, 2003.
Types of information we collect: Health history, dental history, dental and
orthodontic records obtained from you or generated within this office. Your
health information is located in three places in our office: On your treatment
record, in your folder, in your model box. The “privacy officer” in this
office is Dr. Lang.
Parties to whom we disclose information: Our employees, as required, for
performance of their duties. Other health professionals, such as your
general dentist, as required to provide service to you. Your insurance
company, as required, for processing claims. Under the new law, you have the right to:
- obtain access to your protected health information
- receive a written explanation about information
- inspect and copy your health records
- request inaccurate information be corrected or
- know when your information is used other than
- request restrictions on disclosure
- opt out of marketing uses of your health information
- complain about violations of privacy
Even before the law, this office has never used your health information for
marketing and has never withheld patient records when requested. It seems
the law was written to curtail abuses which may exist elsewhere in the
healthcare and insurance industries.
*Under the law, the above regulations do not apply to this office because we
do not transmit protected health information electronically. However we
have been and will continue to be interested in protecting your privacy, so we
will continue to monitor changes in the law and keep you informed.
This website, as with most legitimate business websites, respects your privacy. It's just good business to do so.
When you visit any website, including this one, the server where the
website is stored needs to know where to send the content you want to
view. When you click on a link to any website or page, your computer
sends out information. This information includes your web address and
computer location, the date and time of your visit, your operating
system (Windows, Mac, etc.), your browser (Netscape, Internet Explorer,
etc.) your screen resolution, and other such things. This is how the
the server knows where to deliver the content, and is sent
automatically by your computer.
Computers are different from televisions in this way. For TV, all
channels are being sent to all televisions all the time and you select
the one you want. For computers, your computer sends a request to the
computer where the page is stored. That computer answers the request by
sending the page back to you. It needs to know specifically where to
send the page. It sends it only to your computer. The other stuff about
screen resolution and browser type is in case the website has different
versions of the page like for handheld devices, etc. This all happens
in an instant. When the remote server receives the request, it sends
the web page back to you and only you, at your internet address.
We also uses a hit counter. We use StatCounter to organize the above
information to help us decide the best way to design our web pages. In
addition to the content you are viewing, the StatCounter code sends
your browser a temporary text file called a cookie. This cookie tells
us which pages you viewed and in what order, which pages are popular
and which are not. We can not and do not use this cookie to collect
personal information about you. We would not even if we could. This
cookie allows us to know information like "a visitor connected to the
site using sbc yahoo dsl which has a server in San Francisco and viewed
our faq page for 15 minutes then went to our privacy page for five
minutes". If you don't want websites to know information like that,
turn off cookies on your browser.
The long and short is, we can never know anything personal about you
which you do not tell us. The only way we can get your name, email
address, or other personal information, is if you send it to us in an
email. If you ever do that, we will not share, give, sell, or offer
your email address to anyone else. We do not maintain an email mailing
list, nor do we broadcast information to those who have sent us email.
We dislike spam as much as anyone, and work to prevent it. We are also
serious about data security, to the point of setting up physical,
electronic, and procedural safeguards to secure any information you may