Privacy Statement

Privacy and Confidentiality Policy
This Texas Health Resources blog is designed to comply with existing and proposed federal standards for the privacy and confidentiality of health care information. All forms that request personal information (name, address, e-mail address, etc.) employ the https communications protocol to ensure secure and encrypted transmissions over the Internet.

Links to Third Party Sites
This blog contains links to other Internet sites (“Linked Sites”). Links are strictly for informational purposes, and the appropriateness of such links is based on the judgment of the blog’s editorial board. The Linked Sites are most likely not under the control of Texas Health Resources, and Texas Health Resources is not responsible for the content of any Linked Site that it does not control, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. Texas Health Resources is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site. Texas Health Resources provides these links as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by Texas Health Resources or any association with its operators.

Linked sites will open in a new browser window, clearly indicating to users that they are leaving the blog.

Texas Health Resources annually re-evaluates all external health related websites to which it links.

Passive Tracking Mechanisms
Texas Health Resources is firmly committed to protecting the privacy of blog visitors. Texas Health uses Web logs and temporary Internet cookies to gather aggregate, not individual data, about site visitors.

The following information is contained in these Web logs:

  • The date and time of the visit as well as length of stay
  • The pages viewed during the visit
  • The IP address of the computer used to visit the site
  • The type of Web browser and operating system used to view the site
  • The Internet domain from which a visitor accessed the site

This blog uses Web logs as a way of conducting basic market research and to study how the site is being used. The editorial board periodically analyzes the Web logs and may implement improvements or refinements based on information in the Web logs.

Cookies are packets of information that a website transfers to a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. They are a means of keeping track of a user’s preferences during a visit to a Web site.

If you do not want information to be collected via cookies, you can turn off cookies in your browser. To turn off cookies in Microsoft Internet Explorer, choose Tools from the top navigation, select Internet Options, choose Privacy and change the settings for Information may be read with cookies turned off.

This blog does not deploy spyware or any software that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge and which may send such information to another entity without the consumer’s consent.

Site Sponsorship
Texas Health Resources is the sole sponsor of all content on this blog. No other company or organization contributes funding for the site.

Physicians on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital or Texas Health Resources.