Collection of personal information
The Iowa Hospital Association collects personally identifiable information, such as email addresses, names, home or work addresses and telephone numbers. The Iowa Hospital Association also collects anonymous nonunique demographic information, such as ZIP codes, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.
Additionally, the Iowa Hospital Association automatically collects information about visitors’ computer hardware and software. This information can include IP addresses, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by the Iowa Hospital Association for the operation of its website, to maintain the site’s quality and to provide general statistics about the use of the website.
If a website visitor directly discloses personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the Iowa Hospital Association’s message boards, this information could be collected and used by others. The Iowa Hospital Association does not read private online communications.
Use of personal information
The Iowa Hospital Association collects and uses personal information to operate the Iowa Hospital Association website and deliver requested services. The Iowa Hospital Association also uses personally identifiable information to tell visitors about other products or services available from the Iowa Hospital Association and its affiliates. The Iowa Hospital Association also may contact visitors by surveys to conduct research about their opinions of services or potential new services.
The Iowa Hospital Association does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. The Iowa Hospital Association may contact visitors for external business partners about offerings that may interest them. In those cases, unique personally identifiable information is not transferred to the third party. In addition, the Iowa Hospital Association may share data with trusted partners to help perform statistical analysis, send email or postal mail, provide customer support or arrange for deliveries. Third parties are prohibited from using personal information except to provide these services to the Iowa Hospital Association, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of this information.
The Iowa Hospital Association does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion or political affiliations, without explicit consent.
The Iowa Hospital Association tracks the websites and pages our visitors visit on its site to determine what Iowa Hospital Association services are popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within the Iowa Hospital Association website to visitors whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.
The Iowa Hospital Association’s websites will disclose personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- Act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Iowa Hospital Association websites or the public.
- Conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on the Iowa Hospital Association or the site.
- Protect and defend the rights or property of the Iowa Hospital Association.
The Iowa Hospital Association website uses “cookies” to help personalize online experiences. A cookie is a text file placed on visitors’ hard disks by a webpage server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to computers. Cookies are uniquely assigned to visitors and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to a visitor.
One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a timesaving feature. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that a visitor has returned to a specific page. For example, if a visitor registers with the Iowa Hospital Association site or a service, a cookie helps the website recall specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording personal information, such as billing and shipping addresses. When a visitor returns to the Iowa Hospital Association website, the information previously provided can be retrieved so the visitor can more easily use the website features.
Visitors can accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but users can usually modify their browser settings to decline cookies if they prefer. If users choose to decline cookies, they may not fully experience the interactive features of the Iowa Hospital Association services or websites.
Security of personal information
The Iowa Hospital Association secures personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The Iowa Hospital Association secures provided personally identifiable information on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information is transmitted to other websites, it is protected by encryption, such as the secure socket layer protocol.
Changes to this policy
The Iowa Hospital Association welcomes comments about this policy. If you believe the Iowa Hospital Association has not adhered to this policy, email the Iowa Hospital Association at IHADoNotReply@IHAonline.org. We will use reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.