mdBriefCase is Australia’s most popular provider of educational content to healthcare professionals. Unlike other providers, we do not share your private information or send communications on behalf of third parties unless you specifically agree to take part in third-party activities. Our service is typically free of charge. In return, we only ask that you agree to receive our updates on mdBriefCase programs and content.
mdBriefCase complies with the national privacy legislation. The Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2001, in Australia. This privacy statement has been written in order to demonstrate the firm commitment of mdBriefCase to privacy. You have a right to know the types of information collected at the mdBriefCase.com.au web site and how and why we collect and use it. You also have a right to choose whether or not you wish to provide us with this personal information or have it collected. The following sections disclose the information gathering and disseminating practices that are operating on our website.
Please read this Privacy Statement carefully so that you will understand how your personal information will be treated as you make use of our site. By using the mdBriefCase.com.au site, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement.
How we collect information at the mdBriefCase.com.au site
mdBriefCase.com.au uses state of the art technology to safeguard your data. There are three places at mdBriefCase.com.au where information can be collected
- During registration, you provide us with personal information;
- Completing surveys, discussion boards or case study programs;
- When you access the site, your computer leaves a data trail.
What information is collected at the mdBriefCase.com.au site and why
a. Personal information
Personal information is information about an identifiable individual. Certain portions of mdBriefCase.com.au are reserved for physicians, medical students and residents. We require personal information like your physician ID number and to confirm you are a physician.
b. Email Address
We also require your email address so that we can confirm that you have successfully registered. You will not receive further email communication from us unless you check the appropriate box during initial registration. We ask you if you would like to receive updates about the features and contents of the web site that we believe might be of interest to you. You can change your mind at any time about receiving email communication by using the unsubscribe instructions provided with each email.
Please note that some personal information including your identity and email address may be shared with third-party suppliers for product registration and customer support purposes only.
We may also use the information you provide to bring to your attention future areas of the web site, products and services of potential interest to you. You can choose at any time to stop receiving such email notifications.
Use of Google Analytics
a. Cookies and Web Usage Reports
We use session cookies to learn how all our visitors navigate throughout the various parts of the web site. This web site tracking data is used in the aggregate to help us provide the most efficient service and navigational tools for our visitors.
For registered physician visitors, we also link the web site tracking data generated from the session cookies to some of the personal information you provided. Through this linkage, we can create aggregate demographic profiles of web usage. These statistical and aggregate reports do not contain any personally identifiable information. We also do create a record of individual web usage at the e-commerce portion of mdBriefCase.com.au if you have actually made a purchase. We use this purchase history information for billing, shipping, fraud protection and marketing purposes.
We use aggregate reports to learn how many visitors with certain characteristics (e.g. specialty, geographic region) visit a particular portion of the web site. This aggregate information will help us to determine areas of the web site of particular interest to certain segments of the physician community. The aggregate reports could also serve as the catalyst for the creation of new features at the mdBriefCase.com.au site and the development of future benefits and services for physicians. With your permission, you will receive email notices about these new features and services. As stated above, you can indicate at the initial registration stage or at any time whether you wish to receive email updates about the web site features.
b. Cookies and Login Preferences
Cookies can also make your use of the web easier by saving language and login preferences. We use persistent cookies to store your language preference and login information so that you will be “remembered” by our server. You will not have to go through the “splash page” and enter your login id each time you visit the site. You can indicate at initial registration whether you wish to have your computer “remembered” by checking the “Remember Me” box at sign-up. You will have to re-input your login information each time if you do not choose this option.
With most internet browsers, you can erase cookies from your hard drive, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is used. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about these functions.
What will happen to your patients’ data?
For eAudit purposes mdBriefCase has provided you with the ability to enter patient names to make it easy for you to return to complete data collection for an individual and to review the data entered and reflect on prior management of each patient at a later stage.
To ensure the highest level of security, patient names are encrypted with a unique key before they are stored in the mdBriefCase database. The type of encryption used means that mdBriefCase is unable to decrypt this data, resulting in mdBriefCase not being able to identify your patients’ names.
All communication between our server and your computer that is accessing the e-audit is secured via 2048-bit encrypted SSL connection.
Only selected individuals within mdBriefCase Inc. have access to the personal information that you provide at the mdBriefCase.com.au web site. This access is granted strictly for the purposes identified in this Online Privacy Statement.
We will not sell or share personal information collected at the mdBriefCase.com.au web site with other organizations except to the extent that disclosure is required by a valid legal requirement such as a law, regulation or search warrant.
The statistical and aggregate reports generated about web usage at mdBriefCase.com.au may be shared with third parties such as content suppliers and sponsors who might assist us in managing, financing and improving the web site. For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of users of our site and the activities they conduct while there. We require third parties to whom we disclose aggregate information to agree that they will not attempt to make this information personally identifiable by combining it with other databases or through any other means.
The mdBriefCase.com.au web site has physical and technical measures in place to ensure the security of information. Servers reside in pass code secured rooms that are accessible only to a limited group of authorized personnel. All entry is tracked and escorted by staff of the hosting facility. No unescorted entry is permitted to the facility. We also use advanced encryption and firewall technology. Although we will make every reasonable effort to protect your personal information from loss, misuse or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet.
All funding for accredited continuing medical education is provided in the form of an unrestricted educational grant. A large portion of this funding is from private industry and the remaining comes from other organisations such as medical societies, notforprofits, and government organisations. In accordance with the RACGP document: A guide to the accredited activity provider process (see https://www.racgp.org.au/download/Documents/QICPD/qicpd-provider-guide.pdf), program faculty maintain full editorial control over the content, independent of the sponsor. We encourage users to view the faculty disclosures of potential conflicts of interest listed at the beginning of every program.
mdBriefCase does not accept any form of advertising.
Questions about this Policy Statement
We will in all cases respect your privacy preferences.
This privacy statement applies only to the mdBriefCase.com.au website. The mdBriefCase.com.au site does contain links to other sites. Once you enter another website, be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to look for and review the privacy statements of each and every web site that you visit through a link on mdBriefCase.com.au site or any site that collects personal information from you.
If you have any questions about the mdBriefCase.com.au Online Privacy Statement, please feel free to contact us