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Privacy Policy

Welcome to www.ahrq.cmeuniversity.com.  This site (the "AHRQ Site") is operated on behalf of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ("AHRQ") by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, Inc. ("PIM"), a subsidiary of Jobson Healthcare Information LLC ("JHI"). JHI provides IT and administrative support to PIM. This privacy policy explains the practices of PIM and JHI regarding collection, use and disclosure of personal information that you may provide through the AHRQ Site.

What personal information is collected on the AHRQ Site and how is it collected?

  • When you participate in a CME, CE or CNE (collectively, "CME/CE") activity provided by PIM,  you are asked for your name, street address, telephone number(s), fax number, e-mail address, profession and specialty.  You also may be asked for your NPI number if you are participating in CME/CE activity related to a federally mandated Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy ("REMS") for which participant tracking is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA").

How do PIM and JHI use the personal information that is collected on the AHRQ Site?

  • JHI will use your personal information to grade your post-test and/or to issue you a certificate of completion documenting your participation in the CME/CE activity. If JHI uses a third-party company to grade your post-test and/or issue certificates of completion, JHI will give your name, street address, e-mail address, profession and specialty to that company for that purpose only.

  • For each CME/CE activity that you take, you must complete an evaluation questionnaire. That questionnaire requires you to opt out if you are not willing to participate in a follow-up survey. If you do not opt out of participating in the follow-up survey, PIM may use your name and contact information to send you a follow-up survey.

  • JHI may use your personal information to send you information about other CME/CE activities that PIM is offering.

  • JHI also may share your personal information with third parties, including AHRQ, so that they may send you information about CME/CE activities that they offer.

  • PIM may report your participation and share your personal information, including name, address, and NPI number with organizations, such as the Accreditation Council for CME (ACCME), that are approved by the FDA to collect information on CME/CE related to a mandated REMS.

  • On occasion, the third-party provider or education partner of a CME/CE activity on the AHRQ Site (the "Provider/Partner") will ask PIM for a list of the people who participated in a particular CME/CE activity that the Provider/Partner prepared or accredited, for the Provider/Partner's record-keeping purposes only. In response to such a request, PIM will provide the Provider/Partner with the name, street address, e-mail address, profession and specialty of each person who participated in that CME/CE activity.

  • If PIM or JHI is acquired by or merged into another company, that entity will make your personal information available to the new owner/entity to use in the ways described above, to enable it to continue the business.

  • If PIM or JHI is required to disclose your personal information by any applicable law, court order, or government regulation, it will comply with such law, order or regulation.

Do any third parties collect personal information on the AHRQ Site?
No. JHI uses Google® Analytics to track user activity. Google tracks where you go on the AHRQ Site and combines that information with information that Google may have about you through your having a Google account and/or through your use of other Web sites that use Google Analytics. Google and its affiliates may use cookies — but *not* your name, address, email address, telephone number or any other information that identifies you personally — to serve advertisements about goods and services of interest to you on the AHRQ Site and on others that you visit. Google's use of the information it collects is subject to Google's own privacy policy, which is available at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

Does the AHRQ Site use cookies (and what are they)?
Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site places on your computer to facilitate and enhance your communication and interaction with that site by causing the site to recognize you as you move from page to page. JHI uses session cookies on the AHRQ Site. Session cookies are cookies that facilitate and enhance your communication and interaction with that site by causing the site to recognize you as you move from page to page. JHI does not use cookies to retrieve personal information from your computer.  Cookies (and Java-Script) must be enabled for you to enter and use the AHRQ Site. Google uses cookies to conduct Google Analytics.

What about non-confidential information that you transmit to the AHRQ Site?
Any communication or material you transmit to the AHRQ Site by electronic mail or otherwise, including any data, questions, comments, suggestions, or the like is, and will be treated as, nonconfidential and nonproprietary. JHI and PIM  may use anything you transmit to or post on the AHRQ Site for any purpose, including but not limited to, reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast, posting and/or ranking, and they are free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to the AHRQ Site without compensation and for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products and services using such information.

How can you correct your personal information on the AHRQ Site?
To keep your personal information accurate, current and complete, you can update your profile on the AHRQ Site, e-mail [email protected] or call 303-799-1930.

How can you be sure that your personal information is secure on the AHRQ Site?
JHI takes reasonable steps to protect your personal information as you transmit it from your computer to the AHRQ Site and to protect your personal information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. You should keep in mind that no Internet transmission is ever 100% secure or error-free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from the AHRQ Site may not be secure, Moreover, if you use passwords, ID numbers, or other special access features on the AHRQ Site, it is your responsibility to safeguard them.

What about links to other Web sites?
This site may contain links or references to other Web sites. Please be aware that neither PIM nor JHI controls such other Web sites and that, in any case, this privacy policy does not apply to those Web sites. You should read the privacy policy of every Web site you visit.

If you are a California resident, how can you find out the names of any information brokers or any other third parties with whom JHI or PIM shares your personal information under California Privacy (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 22575 et seq. ("Cal-OPPA")? 
Send a request to [email protected], and within thirty (30) days, JHI will provide you with that information.

How will you know if this policy has changed?
If this privacy policy changes, the revised policy will be posted here. Please check back periodically and especially before you provide any personal information. This privacy policy was last updated on April 4, 2014.