Terms & Conditions
WebMD PracticePro Terms & Conditions
1. Accepting the agreement
2. License grant & restrictions
WebMD hereby grants you, during the Term of this Agreement, the non-exclusive, non-transferable, worldwide right to use the Service, solely for your own internal business purposes, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. All rights not expressly granted to you are reserved by WebMD and its third party licensors or suppliers (collectively, the “Licensors”).
You shall not (i) license, sublicense, sell, resell, transfer, assign, distribute or otherwise commercially exploit or make available to any third party the Service or the content provided by or on behalf of WebMD through the Service (the “Content”) in any way; (ii) modify or make derivative works based upon the Service or the Content; (iii) create Internet “links” to the Service or “frame” or “mirror” any Content on any other server or wireless or Internet-based device; or (iv) reverse engineer or access the Service in order to (a) build a competitive product or service, (b) build a product using similar ideas, features, functions or graphics of the Service, or (c) copy any ideas, features, functions or graphics of the Service.
You agree that WebMD may publish, modify and amend any and all Content appearing within webmdpracticepro.com, and all other internet domains or content feeds owned, managed, or controlled by WebMD, including Content consisting of promotions, advertisements and listings for non-competing local businesses, or products and services offered by WebMD.
You grant to WebMD a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, transferable, unrestricted right and license, with the right to sublicense, to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, copy, distribute, create derivative works of, translate, edit, reformat, perform and display (publicly or otherwise) the Content (as defined below) on the Site and in connection with the Services, including incorporating Content into any form, medium or technology now known or later developed through the universe, for the purposes of developing, providing, displaying, and marketing the Services. WebMD may compile and use aggregated non-personal information taken from your Content and provide such information to third parties. You represent that you own, or otherwise have sufficient rights and authorization in and to all Content such that you may grant to WebMD the license granted above. You acknowledge that Site users may rely upon the Content when requesting an appointment with your office and you agree that the Content you or your office submits will be accurate, complete and not misleading in any respect.
3. Ownership of intellectual property rights, Customer Data, and Content
You acknowledge and agree that, subject to the license grants contained in this Agreement, WebMD, or its licensors, retains all right, title and interest, including all related intellectual property rights, in and to the WebMD technology, the Content and the Service and any suggestions, ideas, enhancement requests, feedback, recommendations (collectively, “Feedback”) or other information provided by you or any other party relating to the Service. You retain all right, title and interest to any and all patient or customer data, including consumer review data, captured by the WebMD system (“Customer Data”) or provided to WebMD, subject to WebMD’s right to use such Customer Data to provide the Service to you. You grant WebMD a royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to use, modify, aggregate, prepare derivative works, publish, distribute and sublicense the consumer review data and any surveys WebMD conducts on your behalf. This Agreement is not a sale and does not convey to you any rights of ownership in or related to the WebMD Service, WebMD technology, WebMD Content, or WebMD intellectual property except for the limited licenses granted to you under this Agreement. Any and all software, algorithms, applications, source codes, structures, sequences, routines, sub-routines and related programming, engineering or technological matter developed or created by WebMD or its licensors (and all copyrights, patents, trademarks and other proprietary rights related thereto) shall remain the sole, exclusive and perpetual property of WebMD or its licensors. WebMD works with third parties to offer its customers additional products and services from time to time. WebMD collects anonymized, aggregate data in order to provide such additional product and services to you and you agree to permit us to use such anonymized, aggregate data.
The trademarks, trade names, service names or logos associated with the Service (collectively, the “Marks”) are trademarks of WebMD or its licensors, and no right or license is granted to use them. You hereby acknowledge WebMD or its licensors’ perpetual and exclusive ownership of and title to the Marks and the goodwill attaching thereto. You agree not to use or attempt to register any Mark that is confusingly or deceptively similar to the Marks.
You acknowledge and agree that all information, data, text, photographs, images, video, survey responses, messages or other materials communicated or transmitted using the Services, including your trademarks, logos and other branded materials (“Content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are owned by you and are your sole responsibility. You, and not WebMD, are responsible for all Content that you (or WebMD at your direction) uploads, posts, emails, distributes, communicates, transmits, or otherwise makes available to you or your clients using the Services, or that is otherwise made available through the use of your WebMD account or profile.
4. Customer responsibility and passwords; Third-party software
You are solely responsible for any and all activity occurring under your user accounts and shall abide by all applicable local, state, national and foreign laws, treaties and regulations in connection with your use of the Service, including those related to data privacy, international communications and the transmission of technical or personal data. You also will choose a password and a user name. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account. You agree to notify WebMD immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or any breach of security. WebMD will not be liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using your password or account, either with or without your knowledge. You warrant and represent that: (i) the content to be transmitted by or on your behalf does not constitute SPAM; (ii) the content to be transmitted by or on your behalf is not illegal, threatening, hateful, vulgar, obscene, libelous or defamatory and does not and will not infringe upon any trademark, patent, copyright, trade secret or other proprietary, publicity or privacy right of any third party; and (iii) you have complied and will comply with all applicable laws and regulations respecting your execution and performance of this Agreement. If you are using any Content featuring a model or property with a subject that would be unflattering or unduly controversial to a reasonable person, you must accompany such use with a statement that indicates that (a) the Content is being used for illustrative purposes only and (b) any person depicted in the Content is a model.
The WebMD Service receives data from third-party software systems, which you will designate in the process of setting up the WebMD Service. If you elect to change, upgrade or materially alter the third party software system from which WebMD receives data, WebMD does not guarantee that all Customer Data or Service functionality will be preserved. You are responsible for communicating any changes in data structure, management system, or hardware upgrades that may impact WebMD’s ability to receive and process Customer Data. In addition, you are responsible for providing WebMD with accurate instructions and information regarding the third party systems and databases with which the Service will interface, and you bear all responsibility for incomplete, inaccurate or otherwise faulty information regarding third party systems and databases belonging to you as conveyed to WebMD in connection with set up or maintenance of the Service.
5. Customer data and account information
WebMD does not own any Customer Data, information or material that you submit to the Service in the course of using the Service. Except in accordance with this Agreement, if applicable, or as required by law, Customer Data in identifiable form will not be disclosed, sold, assigned, licensed or otherwise disposed of by WebMD to any third party. You, not WebMD, shall have sole responsibility for the accuracy, quality, integrity, legality, reliability, appropriateness, and intellectual property ownership or right to use of all Customer Data, and, except as provided in this Agreement or as required by law, WebMD shall not be responsible or liable for the deletion, correction, destruction, damage, loss or failure to store any Customer Data, or for the improper or erroneous upload or extraction of any Customer Data. WebMD reserves the right to withhold, remove and/or discard Customer Data without notice for any breach, including, without limitation, your non-payment as specified in this Agreement. Upon termination for cause, your right to access or use Customer Data immediately ceases, and, except as set forth in the Section titled “Listing services”, below, WebMD shall have no obligation to maintain or forward any Customer Data. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you are part of a franchise organization which has or later executes an agreement with WebMD, and the franchisee has granted the franchisor access to their data, your Customer Data may be shared with your franchisor, and/or franchise association.
WebMD reserves the right to view, monitor and record activity used in connection with the Services without notice to or permission from you. WebMD may disclose any information necessary or appropriate to satisfy WebMD’s legal obligations, protect WebMD or its customers, or operate the Service properly. WebMD, in its sole discretion, may refuse to post, remove, or require you to remove, any of your content, in whole or in part, alleged to be unacceptable, undesirable, inappropriate, or in violation of this Agreement. WebMD may, in its discretion, also require you to place all or any portion of your content behind password protection. If WebMD has requested your content be placed behind password protection, you may not publish the password or similar information in any way that limits the effectiveness of the password. If WebMD requests that you place any of your content behind password protection and you fail to do so promptly, WebMD may (a) place such content behind password protection itself, or (b) immediately terminate this Agreement.
6. No Referrals or Guarantees
Neither WebMD nor the Services are a physician or dentist referral service. The Services are a form of advertising and do not guarantee you will receive new business. WebMD does not guarantee that any lead will become a client or need the services they sought.
7. Limited liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL WEBMD PRACTICEPRO, ITS PARENT, SUBSIDIARIES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, LICENSORS, PARTNERS OR AFFILIATES BE LIABLE FOR, EVEN IF WEBMD PRACTICEPRO HAS BEEN ADVISED OR WARNED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES: (I) ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, UNFORESEEABLE, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES; (II) ANY DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF EARNINGS OR LOSS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES; (III) COSTS OF PROCUREMENT OR SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; (IV) LOSS OF DATA OR OTHER OF YOUR CONTENT RESULTING FROM DELAYS, NON-DELIVERIES, MISDELIVERIES, SECURITY BREACHES TO, SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS TO, OR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS RESPECTING THE SERVICE OR THE OPERATION OF WEBMD PRACTICEPRO OR ITS LICENSORS’ NETWORKS; OR (V) LOSSES OR LIABILITIES DUE IN WHOLE OR IN PART TO INADVERTENT, PREMATURE OR UNAUTHORIZED RELEASE OR DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION BY YOU VIA WEBMD PRACTICEPRO OR ITS LICENSORS’ NETWORKS. THE TOTAL CUMULATIVE LIABILITY OF WEBMD PRACTICEPRO TOGETHER WITH ITS PARENT, SUBSIDIARIES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, LICENSORS, PARTNERS AND AFFILIATES TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTIES IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE SERVICE IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT OF FEES YOU PAY TO WEBMD PRACTICEPRO IN THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACTION GIVING RISE TO LIABILITY. The foregoing limitations will apply even if WebMD has been notified of the possibility of such damages and notwithstanding the failure of the essential purpose of any limited remedy. No action or claim relating to this Agreement shall be made against WebMD or its parent, Licensors, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees, partners or affiliates by YOU or on YOUR behalf more than TWELVE (12) months after the event giving rise to such action or claim.
You will defend, indemnify, and hold WebMD, its shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, partners or licensees harmless for all claims, demands, liabilities, damages, losses and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or in connection with: (i) your use of the Services, including your use of or reliance on any information or materials obtained through the use of the Services; (ii) your breach of this Agreement, including any of your representations and warranties under this Agreement, (iii) your contravention of any applicable law, statute, ordinance, or regulation, including, but not limited to, the Advertising and Ethics Rules; and (iv) your violation or infringement of any intellectual property rights or privacy rights of any third party.
Unless otherwise agreed by WebMD, this Agreement will be in force for a term of twelve (12) months (“Initial Term”) beginning on the start date of your subscription for the Service. Upon completion of the Initial Term, this Agreement will AUTOMATICALLY RENEW on a month-to-month basis (“Renewal Term”). If you choose not to renew after the Initial Term is complete, you must notify WebMD at least fifteen (15) days prior to the end of the Initial Term. If you want to cancel during a Renewal Term, you must provide WebMD at least fifteen (15) days’ prior notice, during which time you will continue to have access to the WebMD Service. At the end of that notice period, you will cease to have access to the WebMD Service and you will be billed for final WebMD Services through the end of that month, if such fees have not already been paid.
11. Billing & pricing
WebMD charges and collects in advance for use of the Service. No refunds will be available for fees you have paid. WebMD will automatically renew and bill your credit card or issue an invoice to you every month for monthly licenses and fees, or in an otherwise mutually agreed upon manner. You expressly agree that WebMD is authorized to store your credit card information and to charge you (i) a recurring monthly fee for any applicable Service billed on a monthly basis automatically, (ii) any other fees for the Service you may purchase, and (iii) any applicable taxes in connection with your use of the Service to the payment card you provide and to reimburse us for all collection costs and interest for any overdue amounts. If the payment card you provide expires and you do not provide new payment card information or cancel your account, you authorize us to continue billing you for all fees associated with the remaining duration of your service agreement and you agree to remain responsible for any uncollected fees. If your card expires or we cannot collect the fees for any reason, you have 30 days to provide a new valid credit or debit card for us to charge. If you do not provide new card information within 30 days, WebMD will suspend the Services and will only reinstate them once you pay us what you owe plus interest which will accrue at a rate of 1.5% per month.
The renewal charge will be equal to the then-current license fee in effect at the time of renewal. The pricing during any automatic Renewal Term will renew at the then current rate and WebMD will give you notice of a pricing increase at least thirty (30) days before the end of that prior Term, in which case the pricing increase will be effective upon Renewal and thereafter in the new Term. You may be allowed space and a monthly bandwidth allowance. This allowance varies depending on the hosting package you purchase. Should your account pass the allocated amount, WebMD reserves the right to suspend the account until the start of the next allocation, suspend the account until more bandwidth is purchased at an additional fee, suspend the amount until you upgrade to a higher level package, terminate the account or charge you an additional fee for the overages. Unused bandwidth in one month cannot be carried over the next month.
11.1 Postcard product.
By opting in to use WebMD’s postcard product, you will be subject to the service fees charged per printed postcard. You assume full responsibility that any custom content you submit is correct, and in the event that you submit incorrect information, misspellings, grammatical errors, etc., you agree to pay any and all associated correction fees.
11.2 Add-on WebMD PracticePro Services.
11.3 Enhanced Profile
All add-on WebMD Enhanced Profiles are subject to separate monthly subscription fees, as well as certain installation or setup fees, as quoted on our website or an order form, and which are subject to change from time to time. You must maintain a valid WebMD PracticePro subscription to use any add-on Enhanced Profiles. By electing to subscribe, you agree to pay all monthly subscription fees through the remainder of the Term of your WebMD Agreement, billed in accordance with our normal monthly billing procedures. Your add-on Enhanced Profile subscription will automatically renew at the then current rate, along with any renewal of your WebMD subscription, unless you provide us written notice of cancellation not less than thirty (30) days prior to the end of the then-current Term.
Unless otherwise stated, the WebMD fees do not include any taxes, levies, duties or similar governmental assessments of any nature, including but not limited to value-added, sales, use or withholding taxes, assessable by any local, state, provincial, federal or foreign jurisdiction, plus interest, penalty and additions thereon (collectively, “Taxes”). You are responsible for paying all Taxes applicable to your purchase or use of WebMD products or services. If WebMD has the legal obligation to pay or collect Taxes (or an amount in respect of Taxes) for which you are responsible under this paragraph, the appropriate amount shall be invoiced to and paid by you, unless you provide WebMD with a valid tax exemption certificate authorized by the appropriate taxing authority. WebMD is responsible solely for taxes based on its income.
12. Credit card authorization
By submitting your credit/debit card data to WebMD, you authorize WebMD in its complete discretion to submit a financial transaction(s) to your issuing bank for settlement. You expressly agree that WebMD is authorized to store your credit/debit card data and charge your credit/debit card for: (i) any past fees in their entirely, (ii) a recurring monthly fee for any applicable service billed on a monthly basis automatically, (iii) any other fees for the service you may purchase, and (iv) any applicable taxes in connection with your use of the services and to reimburse WebMD for all collection cost and interest for any overdue amounts. WebMD charges and collects in advance for use of its services. No refunds will be available for fees you have paid. Any transaction other than U.S.D. will be subject to different currency rates.
The Agreement, including but not limited to its terms, conditions and pricing information is “Confidential Information” of WebMD. You will receive and maintain Confidential Information in trust and confidence and not disclose or provide access to the Confidential Information to any third party. You will further limit disclosure within your organization to those persons who have a “need-to-know”. You understand disclosure of Confidential Information may cause competitive harm to WebMD. If you breach this confidentiality provision, WebMD may, at its option, and in addition to any other remedy it may have under the Agreement, at law or in equity, immediately terminate the Services provided under the Agreement.
14. Electronic communications
You have affirmatively opted in to, or otherwise validly and expressly consented to, receiving communications from us. Use of the Services is solely at your own risk and is subject to all applicable local, state, federal, and international laws and regulations. While we have endeavored to create a secure and reliable Site and Services, please be advised that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to us or by us over the Internet, email or other communications cannot be guaranteed. Consequently, we are not responsible for the security of any information transmitted via the Internet or the Services. Should you elect Services involving email communications with patients, you represent to WebMD that you have the rights to use the patients’ email and share with us for the purpose of sending communications.
15. Representations & warranties
You represent and warrant that you have the power and authority to enter into this Agreement and you have not falsely identified yourself or your corporate entity, or provided any false information to gain access to the Service, and that all Bank Card and other billing information that you have provided is correct.
15.2 License to Practice.
If you are using the Enhanced Profile services, you further represent that you are a provider validly licensed to practice dentistry or medicine, as applicable, and/or your advertised specialty as required by the applicable jurisdictions in which you practice. You are solely responsible for compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations governing dentist or physician advertising, ethical obligations, licensure, and the practice of dentistry and/or medicine, promulgated by any applicable jurisdiction, court, dental or medical association (as applicable), and any other governing body which are applicable to you, your office locations and staff or other representatives and your use of the Services. You will notify us immediately if there is a change in your applicable licensure status. During the term of this Agreement, you represent that you hold professional liability insurance in an amount appropriate for your practice and required by your state. Upon our request, you agree to provide written proof and evidence of such professional liability insurance within three (3) business days of our request.
You are solely responsible for the Content. You are liable for any material protected by copyright, trademark, patent or trade secret law used in the Content without the permission of the author or owner, and for defamatory materials in any of your Content. WebMD is not responsible for reviewing the Content before it appears on the Services. You represent and warrant that (i) the Content you provide and any other provided information will be in compliance with the laws, rules, and regulations governing advertising, ethics, communications with patients and potential patients, licensure, and other obligations governing the Services in the state and locality in which you and your office are licensed (collectively “Advertising and Ethics Rules”); (ii) the Content contains no offensive, harassing, inflammatory, defamatory, indecent, or obscene material, (iii) the Content is not false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent; (iv) you will endeavor in good faith to honor all promises, offers, and statements you make in the Content and in any related materials, products, services, or communications you offer or make through the Content; (v) you own or are authorized to use the Content and all trademarks, trade names, and similar materials of any kind which are included in the Content; and (vi) the Content does not infringe upon or violate any intellectual property, proprietary, or other rights of WebMD and any third party. WebMD reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse to display or to remove from the Services at any time any Content that it reasonably regards as violating this provision. WebMD reserves the right to release current or past information related to you if WebMD believes that you or any of your Content, any of the Services you ordered, or your account is in violation of any criminal laws or is being used to commit unlawful acts, or if the information is subpoenaed. You will notify WebMD promptly of any changes or inaccuracies in the Content of which you aware or should be aware of at any time during the Term which are reasonably required to be made or corrected in order for the Content to be complete and accurate in all material respects and not misleading in any way.
You will reasonably and promptly cooperate with WebMD and its third party providers, throughout the term of this Agreement in providing accurate and complete information necessary for the provision of the Services and to allow WebMD to comply with the reporting obligations and Advertising and Ethics Rules related to the provision of the Services.
You agree that you assume all responsibility for determining which of the leads to pursue. If you include your email address or other contact information in any profile, posting or other content, resulting in your receiving email or other communications sent from any third party, you acknowledge that you have the sole discretion whether to respond to that sender, who may be an impostor, and you do so at your sole risk. You are solely responsible for assessing the integrity, authenticity, honesty and trustworthiness of all persons with whom you choose to communicate. You agree that WebMD will have no liability or responsibility whatsoever for any communications, agreements or transactions between you and any third party.
You agree that you will not charge more than your usual or customary fees to consumers matched with you pursuant to the Services.
15.7 TCPA Compliance.
You agree that calling leads through the use of auto-dialer technology of any kind, including, but not limited to, prerecorded calls or calls/text messages to cellular phones, are at your own risk. You assume any and all liability for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, as amended (the “TCPA”), and other state and federal privacy laws. You agree to indemnify us against such liability resulting from your actions or inactions in violation of the TCPA and other state and federal privacy laws.
THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE”. EXCEPT AS EXPLICITLY SET FORTH ABOVE, WEBMD IS NOT PROVIDING ANY WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE SERVICE, CONTENT OR TECHNOLOGY, AND WEBMD PRACTICEPRO AND ITS PARENT, LICENSORS, DISTRIBUTORS, PARTNERS AND AFFILIATES (COLLECTIVELY, THE “AFFILIATES”) DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND WITH REGARD TO THE SERVICE, CONTENT AND TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS, FREEDOM FROM VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL CODE, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. FURTHER, WEBMD, ITS PARENT, ANY THIRD PARTIES ACTING ON ITS BEHALF, AND ITS AFFILIATES WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DELAY, DIFFICULTY IN USE, INACCURACY OF INFORMATION, COMPUTER VIRUSES, MALICIOUS CODE OR OTHER DEFECT IN THE SERVICE, OR FOR ANY OTHER PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY YOU DUE TO CAUSES BEYOND WEBMD’S OR ITS PARENT, ANY THIRD PARTIES ACTING ON ITS BEHALF, OR ITS AFFILIATES’ CONTROL.
FURTHER, WEBMD EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO SEPARATE AGREEMENTS YOU MAY MAKE WITH PATIENTS, CONSUMERS OR SITE USERS, AND YOU WILL LOOK SOLELY TO SUCH PERSONS AND/OR ENTITIES WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF SUCH AGREEMENTS. YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL SERVICES YOU PROVIDE. WEBMD HAS NO LIABILITY FOR THE CONSEQUENCES TO YOU OR YOUR PATIENTS, CONSUMERS OR SITE USERS OF YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE.
WEBMD OFFERS NO ASSURANCE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT VIOLATE ANY LAW OR REGULATION APPLICABLE TO YOU. WEBMD AND ITS LICENSORS MAKE NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTIES THAT THE SERVICE OR THE CONTENT ARE APPROPRIATE OR AVAILABLE FOR USE IN ALL GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS. IF YOU USE THE SERVICE OR THE CONTENT OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION EXPORT AND IMPORT REGULATIONS OF OTHER COUNTRIES.
IN ADDITION, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY DATA, INFORMATION, CONTENT OR MATERIALS CONTAINED IN OR MADE AVAILABLE IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE IS NOT INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, THE KNOWLEDGE, EXPERTISE, SKILL AND JUDGMENT OF TAX, LEGAL OR OTHER PROFESSIONALS. THE SERVICE DOES NOT PROVIDE TAX OR LEGAL ADVICE. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING SUCH ADVICE.
17. Exclusions not applicable
Certain states and/or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the exclusions set forth in this Agreement may not apply to you. In such event, WebMD’s liability under this Agreement will be limited to the greatest extent permitted by applicable law in such jurisdiction.
18. Email compliance
You agree to comply with all elements of CAN-SPAM and safe sender email practices. This includes but is not limited to including unsubscribe links, your full contact information in all correspondence, and not releasing private and/or confidential information. You may only use email services for those customers with whom you have an existing business relationship and which have indicated that they accept correspondence from you. You may not attempt to spoof sender domains, send spam or other offending email practices including those covered in the Section titled “ Customer responsibility and passwords; third-party software” of this Agreement. Because of carrier technologies, WebMD makes no expressed or implied warranty of individual message receipt. WebMD is not liable for any issues that arise associated with the content that you provide or unforeseen liabilities of it being delivered.
19. Text message compliance
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is a federal law regulating the way consumers are contacted by telephone, fax, and text message. The TCPA regulations apply to the text and automated landline messages you are able to send through the WebMD Service to communicate with your customers and patients.
TCPA regulations require that companies obtain consent from consumers prior to sending any sort of text or automated telephone messages. For HIPAA covered entities, requirements for how consent is obtained are different depending on whether the messaging only contains health-related information or if it includes marketing-focused content. The TCPA regulations are described below to help you understand the restrictions. WebMD automates text message communications, but you are responsible for ensuring that the recipients of those communications have provided prior express written consent to receive them.
Consent for Informational Health Care Messages :
For HIPAA covered entities sending informational only health-related messages, the patient’s consent can be written, electronic or verbal. With these guidelines, you can send your patients informational messages about their health care. Such health-related informational messages include appointment reminders without marketing content.
The WebMD Service includes default templates that meet the requirements for HIPAA information-only content. However, WebMD Service messages can be personalized by you and your staff, so we encourage you to educate yourself on TCPA guidelines by visiting the U.S. Federal Communications Commission website prior to making any modifications to the default templates.
Consent for Marketing-Focused Messages:
The WebMD Service can also be used to send or automate marketing-focused messages, which are subject to more stringent TCPA regulations. Messages with any sort of marketing content require that your patient provide you with “express written consent”, which may be obtained in an electronic format. The prior express written consent must identify that you may be sending text messages related to your goods and services using automated technology and that your customer affirmatively agrees to receive such messages. The prior express consent must include your customers’ written or electronic acceptance. Specifically, by entering a cell phone number into your management system or the WebMD system and not opting such cell phone out of the WebMD text message feature, you are directing WebMD to automatically send text message reminders and other communications to such cell phone and certifying that the user of such cell phone consents to the receipt of those messages.
To help you remain TCPA compliant, the WebMD Service includes features that permit you to obtain that consent for any text message marketing you conduct so that marketing-focused messages are only delivered to patients who have given appropriate consent.
TCPA regulations require you to honor patient requests to opt-out of future telephone, fax, or text messages. The WebMD Service allows you to honor these requests on an individual basis. A patient may also opt-out of text messages at any time by replying with the word STOP to any text message sent through the WebMD Service. You are responsible for all liability for any failure to receive consent or failure to opt users out of the text message feature.
TCPA regulations require you to identify your practice by name and telephone number in all text messages you send to patients. The WebMD Service enables you to comply with this rule by requiring you to include identifying tokens in all text message templates. You will not be able to send any text messages that do not contain complete and proper identification. Additionally, you may not attempt to spoof sender domains, send spam or other offending text message practices including those covered in the Section titled “Customer responsibility and passwords; third-party software” of this Agreement.
WebMD makes no expressed or implied warranty of individual message receipt. Standard text message rates apply for all text message services. WebMD shall not be liable for any issues that arise associated with the content that you provide or unforeseen liabilities of it being delivered. You shall be solely liable to comply with applicable laws and regulations within your jurisdiction in connection with telecommunication (e.g., email and text) messages that you send to your customers.
For more information about your responsibilities under the TCPA, please visit the U.S. Federal Communications Commission website .
20. For Canada-based businesses subject to commercial electronic message requirements:
You must comply with CASL requirements including, but not limited to, providing identification, making available an unsubscribe (opt-out) mechanism, and obtaining consent from the message recipient. You are responsible for applying all consent, identification, and opt-out requirements. For text messages, you agree to adopt the double opt-in process wherein 1) you may only use text message services for those customers with whom you have an existing business relationship and which have indicated that they accept correspondence from you and 2) the customers must reply to an opt-in message from their handset. For reliable delivery, you must adhere to message limitations including length and delivery, including that portion of the message which indicates who is sending the message, along with a mailing address, plus either a contact phone number, email address or contact page URL. You may not attempt to spoof sender domains, send spam or other offending text message practices including those covered in the Section titled “ Customer responsibility and passwords; third-party software” of this Agreement. Because of carrier technologies, WebMD makes no expressed or implied warranty of individual message receipt. Standard text message rates apply for all text message services. WebMD uses “short code” technology to engage in 2-way sms communication with consumers and does not guarantee delivery to all mobile carriers if short code technology is not accepted. WebMD shall not be liable for any issues that arise associated with the content that you provide or unforeseen liabilities of it being delivered. You agree to make your internal practices, books, and records, including policies and procedures and information, relating to this Agreement, available to WebMD for the purposes of WebMD determining your compliance with the obligation to secure consent for your customers to receive marketing messages and other communications (email, text, or other). Such information shall be made available in a time and manner reasonably requested by WebMD.
21. Data Consent for Services
In connection with the provision of technical support, training and other Services, you agree that WebMD may remotely log-in to your computers, devices and systems for purposes of providing the support, training or other Services, including, without limitation, technical trouble shooting, answering questions, benchmarking and providing training to you or your personnel. Remote login may be conducted through the use of third party entities. You further agree that WebMD may also remotely log-in at any time as necessary or appropriate to maintain our Services.
WebMD reserves the right to log off accounts that have been inactive for an extended period of time.
In addition, WebMD may quarantine suspected messages. WebMD also may modify any domain and user settings with or without notice, including without limitation, altering settings so that spam or bulk email is denied, rather than being quarantined, to avoid space capacity issues which jeopardize the technical or economic viability of the services offered, or the system used to implement the services.
You agree that WebMD may automatically check the version of a Service that you are utilizing and may provide updates or upgrades remotely via the Internet. You consent to the receipt of updates or upgrades by means of download to your computers and systems.
You agree to keep your computers powered on during the Services runtimes that you specify. You must add WebMD or its third party affiliate to the “allowed” list of programs and ensure that your firewall and anti-virus software programs do not block us. Additionally, your practice management software must always be accessible by WebMD. It is your responsibility to contact WebMD if you are upgrading or changing your computer systems.
22. Giving Us Access to Other Accounts and Services
The Service may require you to give WebMD access to or require you to provide login information and password information for accounts or services you may have with third party providers. When you provide this information to WebMD or give WebMD access to these third party accounts, you agree that you have read all contracts and written agreements governing such access, login information and passwords and that you have all the necessary contractual and legal rights to give WebMD such access, login information and passwords. In addition, for certain Services, WebMD grants you permission to create and submit content on your behalf to press release news outlets, directories, search engines, social media outlasts, and other destinations.
23. Call Recording
WebMD may record calls between you and our agents regarding the Service (“Service Calls”) and in connection with the Service, incoming calls, on your behalf as a Service, from, among others, your prospective clients (the “Inbound Calls” and, collectively with Service Calls, “Call Recording”). You consent to Call Recording and acknowledge you are responsible for notifying Call Recording to your employees and agents who may be recorded in a Service Call or Inbound Call (the “Recorded Persons”) and complying with all applicable laws, rules and regulations regarding call recording and privacy. It is your sole responsibility to provide and/or obtain, and you covenant that you will provide and/or obtain, all notices and permissions relating to Recorded Persons as may be required by applicable laws and regulations. You acknowledge and agree that if you collect information from Recorded Persons that may be subject to a privilege (including, but not limited to, attorney-client or doctor-patient privilege), you assume the full risk of using a third party provider for Call Recording, including any preclusion of the application of such privilege with respect to information exchanged during the Call Recording with the Records Persons.
24. Pre-Release or Trial Services
If the Service is a pre-commercial release or beta version (“Pre-release Service”), then this section applies. The Pre-release Service is a pre-release version, does not represent a final product from WebMD, and may contain bugs, errors, and other problems that could cause system or other failures and data loss and may only be used for testing purposes. WebMD may never commercially release the Pre-release Service. WebMD may alter features, licensing terms, or other characteristics of any version of the Pre-release Service that it releases. If you received the Pre-release Service pursuant to a separate written agreement, (“Test Agreement”) for Pre-release Service, your use of the Service is also governed by the Test Agreement. If there is a conflict between this Agreement and the Test Agreement, the Test Agreement controls. You may not disclose, publish or disseminate any information regarding the Pre-release Service to anyone, including but not limited to any new features or faults to any Internet forums. YOUR USE OF PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SECTIONS RELATED TO WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS AND LIABILITY LIMITATIONS ALSO APPLY TO THE PRE-RELEASE SERVICE.
If you registered for a trial use of the Service (“Trial Period”), you must decide to purchase the Service within the Trial Period in order to retain any content that you have posted or uploaded during the Trial Period, if available. If you do not purchase the Service by the end of the Trial Period, any applicable content will no longer be available to you. To be very clear, after using the Service during the Trial Period, if you decide not to purchase the full version of the Service, you will not be able to access or retrieve any of the data you added/created during the Trial Period.
25. Dispute Resolution; Arbitration
We believe we will be able to resolve most disputes or issues you may have using our Services. In the unlikely event we are not able to resolve a dispute or issue, we prefer to specify now what each of us should expect in order to avoid any confusion later. Accordingly, you agree to the following resolution process.
Since we always prefer to find ways to satisfy you as quickly and efficiently as possible, before initiating any arbitration proceeding, you agree to first discuss the matter informally with us for at least 30 days. To do that, please send your full name and contact information, your concern and your proposed solution by mail to us at: WebMD PracticePro., 909 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 11th Floor, El Segundo, CA 90245, Attn: Legal Department.
If we are unable to mutually agree upon a resolution after the 30-day period, you agree that any claim you may have against us regarding this Agreement and our Service will be resolved through binding arbitration administered by JAMS and governed by the then current JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures. It is important to us that we address any issues you might have promptly. To help us do that, you agree to begin any arbitration within one year after your claim arose; otherwise, your claim is waived. As an exception to this arbitration agreement, we are happy to give you the right to pursue in small claims court any claim that is within that court’s jurisdiction as long as you proceed only on an individual basis.
We prefer to resolve our issues with you directly and, accordingly, you agree to arbitrate with us only in your individual capacity, not as a representative or member of a class. As such, your claims may not be joined with any other claims and there will be no authority for any dispute to be arbitrated on a class-action basis or brought by a purported class representative. You agree that arbitration will be exclusively held in Los Angeles County, California and that each party will be responsible for its own costs, including paying any JAMS filing, administrative and arbitrator fees in accordance with JAMS rules. In order to select an arbitrator, each party agrees to provide a list of two available arbitrators that have experience with the subject matter. Each party may strike one of the names on the other party’s list. The parties will select an arbitrator out of the remaining two arbitrator names. If the parties cannot mutually agree on one arbitrator, JAMS will choose the arbitrator randomly from the two remaining arbitrators. It is important that you understand that the arbitrator’s decision will be binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. If you are not sure what all of this means, of course please feel free to ask an attorney.
26. Governing Law; Venue
Any and all claims, causes of action or disputes (regardless of theory) between you and us arising out of or related to this Agreement, our sites and services or content accessed through our sites and services will be governed by the laws of the State of California, without regard to conflict or choice of law principles.
You agree that any claims, causes of action or disputes not subject to this Section 22 (Dispute Resolution; Arbitration) will be brought exclusively in courts located within the county of Los Angeles, California, and you agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts, for any actions. You further agree that, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, you must file any such claim or cause of action within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
All claims not subject to Section 25 (Dispute Resolution; Arbitration) that you bring against us must be resolved in accordance with Section 26. All claims filed or brought contrary to this section will be considered improperly filed. Should you file a claim contrary to this section, we may recover attorneys’ fees and costs up to U.S. $2,500 provided that we have notified you in writing of the improperly filed claim and you have failed to properly withdraw the claim.
a. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, then the remainder of this Agreement will have full force and effect, and the invalid provision will be modified, or partially enforced, to the maximum extent permitted to effectuate the original objective.
b. This Agreement will bind and inure to the transferee of a party’s business, and will be enforceable in the event of a change in ownership or control.
c. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and merges and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, negotiations, and discussions. Neither of the parties will be bound by any conditions, definitions, warranties, understandings, or representations with respect to the subject matter hereof other than as expressly provided herein.
d. Failure by either party to enforce any term of this Agreement will not be deemed a waiver of future enforcement of that or any other term in this Agreement or any other agreement that may be in place between the parties. A waiver will not be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the party against whom the waiver is being enforced.
e. WebMD reserves the right to modify the terms of this Agreement from time to time, at its sole discretion; and your continued use of the WebMD Service or products constitutes your acceptance of such modified terms.
f. The section headings contained in this Agreement are for reference purposes only and will not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.
g. This Agreement is not intended to confer any right or benefit on any third party, and no action may be commenced or prosecuted against a party by any third party claiming as a third-party beneficiary of this Agreement or any of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement. No oral explanation or oral information by either party hereto will alter the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.
h. With respect to any acquisition or use of the Service by or for any unit or agency of the United States Government (the “Government”), the Service shall be classified as “commercial computer software” as that term is defined in the applicable provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (the “FAR”) and supplements thereto, including the Department of Defense (DoD) FAR Supplement (the “DFARS”). The Service was developed entirely at private expense, and no part of the Service was first produced in the performance of a Government contract. If the Service is supplied for use by the DoD, the Service is delivered subject to the terms of this Agreement and either (i) in accordance with DFARS 227.7202-1(a) and 227.7202-3(a), or (ii) with restricted rights in accordance with DFARS 252-227-7013 (c)(l)(ii)(OCT 1988), as applicable. If the Service is supplied for use by a Federal agency other than the DoD, the Service is restricted computer software delivered subject to the terms of this Agreement and (i) FAR 12.212(a); (ii) FAR 52.227-19; or (iii) FAR 52.227-14(ALT III), as applicable. The manufacturer/Service provider is WebMD PracticePro., 909 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 11th Floor, El Segundo, CA 90245, Attn: Legal Department.
(i) You acknowledge that the Service is subject to the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (15 CFR, Chapter VII) and that you will comply with these regulations. You will not export or re-export this Service, directly or indirectly, to: (1) any countries that are subject to U.S. export restrictions; (2) any end user who has been prohibited from participating in U.S. export transactions by any federal agency of the U.S. government; or (3) any end user who you know or have reason to know will utilize them in the design, development or production of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. You further acknowledge that this Service may include technical data subject to export and re-export restrictions imposed by U.S. law.
(j) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. You agree to fully comply with the provisions of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and/or the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) prohibiting foreign bribery and improper payments. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you represent and warrant that you have not and shall not at any time during the Term of the Agreement pay, give, or offer or promise to pay or give, any money or any other thing of value, directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of: (i) any government official, political party, or candidate for political office; or (ii) any other person, firm, corporation or other entity, with knowledge that some or all of that money or other thing of value will be paid, given, offered or promised to a government official, political party or candidate for political office, for the purpose of obtaining or retaining any business, or to obtain any other unfair advantage, in connection with WebMD’s business. Further, you agree to maintain complete and accurate books and records for compliance with this sub-section titled “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” in the event WebMD has reason to suspect or is placed on notice that you are in violation of this sub-section, or as required by law.
(k) Additional Terms for Third Party Software. BY USING THE WEBMD PRACTICEPRO SERVICE SOFTWARE, YOU ACCEPT THESE TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THEM, DO NOT USE THE SERVICE.
The WebMD Service contains third party software (“Third Party Code”), as identified below and which is subject to the additional license terms set forth by such Third Party Code licensors. You agree that you:
a. will use the Third Party Code only as an integral component of the WebMD Service;
b. will not use the Third Party Code for development, compilation, debugging and similar design-time purposes;
c. will not reverse-compile or decompile, analyze, reverse-engineer, reverse-assemble or disassemble, unlock or otherwise attempt to discover the source code or underlying algorithms of the Third Party Code or attempt to do any of the foregoing in relation to the object code of the Third Party Code; and
d. will not modify, adapt, translate or create any derivative works of the Third Party Code or merge the Third Party Code into any other software.
(1) log4net.dll, file version: 22.214.171.124 – Copyright 2015 Apache Software Foundation; Licensed under the Apache License
(2) Newtonsoft.json.dll, file version: 126.96.36.19923 – Copyright (c) 2007 James Newton-King; the MIT License. Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
(3) log4net.dll, file version: 188.8.131.52. – Copyright 2015 Apache Software Foundation. Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
(4) Stateless.dll, file version: 184.108.40.206. – Copyright 2015 Nicholas Blumhardt. Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
(5) Microsoft.Bcl.Async.1.0.168 and Microsoft.Net.Http.2.2.28. – Copyright 2015 Microsoft Corporation. Licensed under the Microsoft Licenses Bcl.Async.1.0.168 and Http.2.2.28 (the “Licenses”); you may not use these files except in compliance with the Licenses.
Because this software is “as is,” Microsoft may not provide support services for it.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY. THE SOFTWARE IS LICENSED “AS-IS.” YOU BEAR THE RISK OF USING IT. MICROSOFT GIVES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES, GUARANTEES OR CONDITIONS. YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL CONSUMER RIGHTS OR STATUTORY GUARANTEES UNDER YOUR LOCAL LAWS WHICH THIS AGREEMENT CANNOT CHANGE. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER YOUR LOCAL LAWS, MICROSOFT EXCLUDES THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
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LIMITATION ON AND EXCLUSION OF REMEDIES AND DAMAGES. YOU CAN RECOVER FROM MICROSOFT AND ITS SUPPLIERS ONLY DIRECT DAMAGES UP TO U.S. $5.00. YOU CANNOT RECOVER ANY OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING CONSEQUENTIAL, LOST PROFITS, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES.
You may obtain a copy of the Licenses at: http://www.microsoft.com/net/dotnet_library_license.htm
The following sections apply only if you are subject to the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rule.
28. HIPAA and Laws
In accordance with the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, including the Privacy Rule and Security, as amended (“HIPAA”), you agree to follow and abide to the following (all undefined terms in Sections 18 and 19 have their meaning defined by the HIPAA regulations):
- Ensuring that your use of the Services complies with applicable law, including but not limited to laws relating to maintenance of privacy, security, and confidentiality of patient and other health information.
- Implement and maintain appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to protect information within the Services.
- Such safeguards must comply with federal, state, and local requirements, including the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule.
- Maintain appropriate security with regard to all personnel, systems, and administrative processes used by you or members of your workforce to transmit, store and process electronic health information through the use of the Services.
- By using the Service, you consent to the terms of the Business Associate Agreement set forth below and you agree to protect any information received through such communication services in accordance with the terms of such business associate agreement.
Specially Protected Information:
WebMD applies the standards of the Privacy Rule in permitting access to the Service.
- You acknowledge that other federal and state laws impose additional restrictions on the use and disclosure of certain types of health information, or health information pertaining to certain classes of individuals.
- You agree that you are solely responsible for ensuring that personal health information is subject to the restrictions of the Privacy Rule and applicable law. In particular, you will:
- not make available to other users through the Service any information in violation of any restriction on use or disclosure (whether arising from your agreement with such users or under law);
- obtain all necessary consents, authorizations or releases from individuals required for making their personal health information available to WebMD; and
- include such statements (if any) in your notice of privacy practices as may be required.
WebMD is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of information entrusted to us, especially individually identifiable personal and health information. WebMD follows its HIPAA policies and procedures. Some acquired companies, including their products and services may operate under their own privacy policies until WebMD integrates their privacy practices with ours. You are responsible for determining if the Service meets your compliance standards.
29. WebMD PracticePro’s Use of Protected Health Information
The Service may include use of your patients’ Protected Health Information that you or your personnel input or upload onto the Service or that WebMD receives on your behalf from your authorized service providers or our third party partners (“Your Health Information”). You retain all rights with regard to Your Health Information, and WebMD will only use such information as expressly permitted in this Agreement and our Business Associate Agreement. You authorize WebMD, as your business associate, to use and disclose Your Health Information as follows:
- WebMD will permit access to Your Health Information by business associates to whom you have consented to provide access to the Services and who have otherwise agreed to integrate with our systems pursuant to appropriate assurances (i.e. practice management integration vendor). You acknowledge that once WebMD has granted access rights to another provider or covered entity (or their respective business associates), WebMD has no control over the uses and disclosures that the business associate makes of Your Health Information, and the recipient may be subject to its own legal or regulatory obligations (including HIPAA) to retain such information and make such information available to patients, governmental authorities and others as required by applicable law or regulation.
- WebMD may “De-Identify” (means health information that has been de-identified in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Rule) Your Health Information and use and disclose de-identified information as provided by Section 26.
- WebMD may create limited data sets from Your Health Information, and disclose them for any purpose for which you may disclose a limited data set; and you hereby authorize WebMD to enter into data use agreements on your behalf for the use of limited data sets, in accordance with applicable law and regulation.
- WebMD may use Your Health Information in order to prepare analyses and reports, such as activity or quality-metrics reports, or any other reports the Service makes available, in order to render these reports to you. Preparation of such analyses and reports may include the use of data aggregation services relating to your treatment and health care operations, which WebMD may perform using Your Health Information. Such reporting will be done in a manner that does not make any disclosure of Your Health Information that you would not be permitted to make.
- WebMD may use Your Health Information for the proper management and administration of the Service and our business, and to carry out its legal responsibilities. WebMD may also disclose Your Health Information for such purposes if the disclosure is required by law, or WebMD obtains reasonable assurances from the recipient that it will be held confidentially and used or further disclosed only (a) as required by law (as such term is defined in 45 CFR §164.103), or (b) for the purpose for which it was disclosed to the recipient, and the recipient notifies WebMD of any instances of which it is aware in which the confidentiality of the information has been breached. Without limiting the foregoing, WebMD may permit access to the system by our contracted system developers under appropriate confidentiality agreements.
- WebMD may use Your Health Information and Directory Information (defined below) to contact your patients on your behalf for certain Services, including (a) for treatment and health care operations messages, including sending appointment requests and reminders or post-visit treatment satisfaction surveys; (b) to request authorization on your behalf from your patients to use or disclose their health information for any purpose for which use or disclosure may be made with an appropriate authorization, including marketing purposes; and (c) to provide information about health-related products or services that you provide, or that WebMD provides on your behalf as your business associate.
- From time to time WebMD may incorporate information it receives from your authorized service providers; (including any third party product or services) or our third party partners into the Service provided to you. Such information may include, without limitation, clinical information such as lab results, imaging results, eligibility information, and prescription history; and shall, upon incorporation into the Service, be treated as “Your Health Information” for all purposes hereunder. You hereby authorize WebMD to request and receive such information on your behalf from such authorized service providers or WebMD’s third party partners.
30. De-Identified Information
In consideration of WebMD’s provision of the Service, you hereby transfer and assign to WebMD all right, title and interest in and to all De-Identified Information that WebMD makes from Your Health Information pursuant to Section 19. You agree that WebMD may use, disclose, market, license and sell such De-Identified Information for any purpose without restriction, and that you have no interest in such information, or in the proceeds of any sale, license, or other commercialization thereof. You acknowledge that the rights conferred by this Section are the principal consideration for the provision of the Service, without which WebMD would not enter into this Agreement.
31. Individuals’ Rights
You are solely responsible for affording individuals their rights with respect to relevant portions of Your Health Information, such as the rights of access and amendment. You will not undertake to afford an individual any rights with respect to any information in the Service other than Your Health Information.
Business Associate Agreement (“BAA”)
This HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (“BAA”), is entered into by and between MH Sub I, LLC, (“Business Associate”) and you (“Healthcare Provider”) who entered into a Service Agreement with Business Associate, for the purpose of compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and its implementing administrative simplification regulations (“45 CFR 160-164”) (“HIPAA”), Subtitle D of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”), and the Omnibus Rule of 2013 (“Omnibus Rule”). This BAA hereby amends and is incorporated into any underlying agreement between Healthcare Provider and Business Associate; to the extent that the provisions of this BAA conflict with those of an underlying agreement, the provisions of this BAA shall control. Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined herein shall have the same meaning as those terms defined in HIPAA, HITECH and the Omnibus Rule.
If, in the provision of services to Healthcare Provider, Business Associate representatives may receive or have access to Protected Health Information (“PHI”) that is created and/or maintained by Healthcare Provider, Business Associate shall be bound by the following terms:
- Permitted Uses and Disclosures. Business Associate may use and disclose PHI, if in the course of performing services for or on behalf of Healthcare Provider or as required or permitted by law, regulation, regulatory agency or by any accrediting body to whom Healthcare Provider or Business Associate may be required to disclose such PHI; Business Associate may also use PHI for the proper management and administration of Business Associate, or to carry out the legal responsibilities of Business Associate.
- Business Associate Obligations. Business Associate shall:
- ensure that its agents and subcontractors to whom it may provide PHI agree to the same terms and conditions as are applicable to Business Associate as set forth herein;
- implement reasonable and appropriate safeguards to prevent use or disclosure of PHI other than as permitted herein and report to Healthcare Provider any use or disclosure of PHI not provided for by this Agreement of which it becomes aware;
- make available to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Business Associate’s practices, books and records relating to the use or disclosure of PHI for purposes of determining Healthcare Provider’s compliance with HIPAA, subject to any attorney-client or other privileges;
- report to the Healthcare Provider, and mitigate to the extent practicable, any harmful effect that is known to Business Associate of uses or disclosures of PHI of which Business Associate becomes aware that do not comply with the terms herein;
- to the extent that Healthcare Provider and Business Associate agree in writing that Business Associate shall maintain PHI as part of a Designated Record Set, upon Healthcare Provider’s request, provide access and make amendments to such PHI, in order to meet the requirements under HIPAA;
- document such uses and disclosures of PHI and, upon Healthcare Provider’s request, provide such information as would be required for Healthcare Provider to account for disclosures of PHI as required under 45 CFR 164.528;
- when Business Associate ceases to perform services for or on behalf of Healthcare Provider, Business Associate will destroy all PHI received or if such destruction of PHI is not feasible, continue to abide by the terms set forth herein with respect to such PHI;
- following a discovery of a breach of Unsecured Protected Health Information, as defined in HITECH, notify Healthcare Provider of such breach within sixty (60) days of the discovery of the breach; and
- to the extent Business Associate is to carry out one or more of Healthcare Provider’s obligation(s) under Subpart E of 45 CFR Part 164, comply with the requirements of Subpart E that apply to Healthcare Provider in the performance of such obligation(s).
- Healthcare Provider Obligations. Healthcare Provider agrees to:
- notify Business Associate of any limitations in the notice of privacy practices of Healthcare Provider under 45 CFR 164.520, to the extent that such limitation may affect Business Associate’s use or disclosure of PHI;
- notify Business Associate of any restrictions on the use or disclosure of PHI that Healthcare Provider has agreed to or is required to abide by under 45 CFR 164.522, to the extent that such restrictions may affect Business Associate’s use or disclosure of PHI;
- notify Business Associate of any changes in, or revocation of, the permission by an Individual to use or disclose his or her PHI, to the extent that such changes may affect Business Associate’s use or disclosure of PHI;
- not request Business Associate to use or disclose PHI in any manner that would not be permissible under Subpart E of 45 CFR Part 164 if done by Healthcare Provider; and
- be responsible for notifying Individuals, Media, and the Secretary of a Breach of PHI by Healthcare Provider or Business Associate in accordance with 45 CFR 164.404, 164.406, and 164.408.
- Term and Termination. The term of this BAA shall be effective as of the date last written below and shall terminate when Business Associate ceases to perform services for Healthcare Provider, except as provided in 2(g) above. Healthcare Provider may terminate this BAA if Business Associate fails to cure or take substantial steps to cure a material breach of this BAA within thirty (30) days after receiving written notice of such material breach from Healthcare Provider.
- Agreement. This BAA constitutes the entire agreement between the parties. This BAA may be amended only in writing signed by Healthcare Provider and Business Associate. The parties agree to take such action to amend this BAA as is necessary to comply with the requirements of HIPAA and HITECH. This BAA and the rights and obligations of the parties hereunder shall in all respects be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, including all matters of construction, validity and performance. Each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts residing in Los Angeles County, California and the Central District Court of California, respectively arising out of any disputes of this BAA.
If you have questions regarding this Agreement, or wish to obtain additional information, please send an e-mail to [email protected].
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