Our Privacy Policy

We understand that we overwhelm you with paper.  We ask you to bear with us as we are required to give you this information and we hope that it will be helpful.

We collect a lot of information about you and we use all reasonable safeguards to be sure that we send only the minimum information necessary to others to meet your needs and that of public agencies who have a legal right to them.

We will release information about you to the following parties (and any others who have a legitimate need related to your treatment, payment and healthcare operations): other doctors and healthcare providers who care for you, your insurance company and public organizations that have a right to the data for controlling disease, oversight, regulation, law enforcement, protective services and similar activities.

If you are participating in a research activity, a representative of that study will obtain your consent for any information that will be released to them.

If you do not wish us to give out this information you have a right to ask that we do not, but we have the right to stop caring for you if your request impairs our ability to care for you or meet our legal or payor requirements.

You have a right to review your record and to suggest in writing any changes you think need to be made.

We will record in your medical record all requests that you make and all information sent beyond those listed above; this information is available to you.

We need your assistance in respecting your wishes about how to communicate with you.  Please let us know if you do not want to permit any of the following communications.

  • Leaving messages on your answering machine
  • Leaving messages with household members at your home
  • Responding to questions from your legal next of kin
  • Responding to your personal email or sending communication to you at the address given

 

GDPR COMPLIANCE POLICY

Who we are

Our website address is: https://dswmd.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

Any visitor that comes to this site is recorded. Your IP address may be read as well as all the pages you visit. This is necessary for the security of the site.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

If you have any questions or complaints about this process, you may ask any member of our staff, your doctor, or ask to speak with the Medical Director or Office Manager.