One of the ways the Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center provides community education, is through the World Wide Web. There are links to other sites and organizations which are completely unrelated to The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center. These links are provided for convenience, only. The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center can not and does not vouch for the information on other sites and provided by other organizations, and may disagree with the information. There are many obesity information web sites available on the internet from which a choice of physicians and services may be made by you, including the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. You are encouraged to consult with your personal physician as to specific recommendations. By virtue of educating the public through the World Wide Web, prospective surgical candidates will be from all over the United States and world, however we believe in practicing bariatric surgery on a local level. We are located in Lubbock TX and prefer our patients to be from the local area. This is to facilitate the follow-up care that is so crucial after surgery. If however there is no bariatric surgeon in your local area, we would be happy to assist you if you chose to request our services.
We Operate Under the Following Set of Strict Privacy Principles
When you visit the Website, staff is aware that someone (but not specifically you) has visited. People that visit are counted and the pages found popular are monitored. Information about the specific persons that visit the site is not gathered. The only personal information obtained about individual visitors to the Website is that supplied voluntarily by visitors. Only clinicians and ancillary staff who are bound by confidentiality requirements will have access to this Information and then only when working for the benefit of the User desiring to use services.
In cases where personal Information is needed you are explicitly asked for that Information. The Web Site's database and your Information is password-protected and the User manages their own password. Personally identifiable Information provided by visitors (name, e-mail or home address, etc.) will not ever be disclosed to anyone. Only statistical Information about visitors as a group (usage habits, demographics) may be shared.
Under 15 Years of Age
Children under the age of 15 can access our site as guests but cannot be an Education Member of the Web Site. The Website will not knowingly collect or use any personal Information regarding a User under the age of 15.
Does not Create a Legal Affiliation
The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center staff, per physician's order, facilitate services and the use of information from Third-Party Providers. This does not create, and is not intended to create, a legal affiliation between any such Third-Party Providers. Further, The Advanced Bariatric Center shall not be held liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage caused by your use of any external site, Third-Party Provider Information, product or service. Statements, including without limitation, advice and recommendations made on the Website concerning, but not limited to, various aspects of healthcare and the administration and management of healthcare policies, claims and benefits are intended solely to provide educational and informational aid and are not intended to be, nor should they be considered, a substitute for professional advice from a provider of healthcare or healthcare related payment, services or benefits. THE USER IS HEREBY ADVISED TO CONSULT A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL REGARDING HEALTHCARE NEEDS AND CONCERNS AND TO CONTACT THE USER'S OWN EMPLOYER, HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATOR, MANAGER AND BENEFIT PROVIDER, AS NEEDED.
Furthermore, this Website may include facts, views, opinions and recommendations of individuals and organizations, which are clearly not affiliated. The Website may point or link to other sites located on services maintained by third parties that may be of interest to you, but for which the Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center has no responsibility. We do not guarantee that a link will be provided to enable every User to reach their intended party or parties including, but not limited to physician offices and health plan benefit offices. In addition, we do not guarantee or warrant the availability, accuracy, completeness or timeliness of, or otherwise endorse any of these views, opinions or recommendations. The Website provides such linking functions only as a service to you and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, or any other aspect of the Information, contained on such Internet servers or sites. The Internet is a global network of computers that you use at your own risk. Certain sites on the Internet carry controversial, sexually explicit or other inappropriate materials. We do not have control over or the ability to censor the Internet.
An IP address is a number automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. All computer identification on the Internet is conducted with IP addresses, which allow computers and servers to recognize and communicate with each other. IP addresses are collected in order to conduct system administration, report aggregate Information, and to conduct site analysis. If a visitor requests pages from the site the servers enter the visitor's IP address into a log. To maintain visitor anonymity, IP addresses are not associated with records containing personal Information.
A "cookie" is a mechanism that permits a Web server to send small pieces of Information or text through your browser to be stored on your hard drive. This Information or text allows the server to identify frequent visitors of individual Web sites. This Website may place a cookie on your computer that will allow Users to be identified to enhance their experience on the site. The cookies are not used to track your activity on any site other than the Website here, nor will they be utilized to send unsolicited e-mail or provide the User's personally identifiable Information. No personally identifiable Information provided by visitors through the use of these cookies will ever be disclosed to anyone.
The site's registration system requires Users to provide information such as: their name, e-mail address, and demographic data (ZIP code), sex, age or weight and once approved, specific health information for the physician's evaluation. Your information is used to assist you in using the services of the surgeon of your choice. Personal data will never be disclosed except for the purpose of providing services to the User. You expressly consent to the release of any general Information submitted voluntarily by you to any person, agency or provider in the pursuit of seeking approval to have weight loss surgery should you wish to be a candidate.
Third Party Ad Services
Certain third-party advertising services may display advertising. These third-party services may place a cookie on your computer for the purposes of ad tracking and presentation. This Website does not share personally identifiable visitor Information with its advertising services.
A message board link is provided for Users. Please remember that any information disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.
Registration on the site gives Users the opportunity to receive communications about the services. By voluntarily submitting information through the Website you signify your acceptance to receive these communications unless you request to be deleted from the database.
E-mail and Internet Communications
E-mail and other Internet communications, by their nature, may not be secure. If you choose to send an e-mail message, the content of the e-mail, your e-mail address and any response will be retained. As the User found the Website on the Internet the User is accustomed to, and expressly consents, to using e-mail communications. The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center communications protocol is intensively based on e-mail triggered by certain events and time. Though such Information is recognized by the parties to be generally reliable, the parties acknowledge that inaccuracies, delay or non-delivery may occur and the surgeons and Medical Center do not warrant the accuracy, suitability or delivery of the Information. E-mail is individualized therefore your personal address is never given to other non-entitled persons. Each e-mail delivered is copied to other proper administrative authorized individuals who monitor and manage the broader system and its applications.
If the personally identifiable information of a User of services changes, or a group's information changes, or if the User or group no longer desires to use the services on this Website, we will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update or remove that User's personal data. The User self-corrects all information and can be removed from the database by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
De-identification of Personal Information
Information is presumed to be de-identified if the following have been removed or otherwise concealed: Name, Address, Names of Relatives, Names of Employers, Birth Date, Telephone and Fax Numbers, E-mail Address, Social Security Number, Medical Record Number, Health Plan Beneficiary Number, Account Number, Certificate/License Number, Any Vehicle or Device Serial Number, Web Universal Resource Locator (URL), Internet Protocol (IP) Address Number, Finger or Voice Prints, Photographic Images, Any Other Unique Identifying Number, Characteristic or Code that may be used to identify the individual.
As the Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center Website is a sustaining community meant to bring a high value of information to each User, it is not the current intent to de-identify Information voluntarily provided by the User. The information collected is largely in the nature of "screening Information" versus a significant medical history. Each User is in control of the Information and can modify it at will, correct it at will and request that it be deleted at anytime. The User expressly consents to the storage of and not de-identifying submitted Information.
The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center takes precautions to protect its Users' personal non-public information. When Users submit sensitive information to The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center, the information is protected both online and off-line.
While The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center uses encryption to protect sensitive Information online, The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center protects User-Information off-line. Only employees who need the Information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable Information. The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center employees must use password-protected screensavers when they leave their desk. When they return, they must re-enter their password to re-gain access to your Information. Furthermore, all employees are kept up-to-date on The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center security and privacy practices. Semi-annually, as well as any time new policies are added, employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center places on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our User information is protected. Finally, the servers that store personally identifiable Information on are kept in a secure environment.
You acknowledge that The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center reserves the right to monitor any and all Information or transmissions sent or received through the Web Site. The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center, at its sole discretion and without further notice to you, may (but is not obligated to) review, censor or prohibit the transmission or receipt of any Information or transmission which The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center deems as inappropriate or as violating any term or condition of this Agreement. During monitoring, Information or transmission may be examined, recorded, copied, and used for authorized purposes. By using the Web Site, authorized or unauthorized, you consent to such monitoring. Unauthorized uses and unauthorized Users of the Website will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Use of Information associated with monitoring the Website is subject to The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center's Private Policy.
Disclaimer of Warranties
You acknowledge that the Third-Party Provider Information, Websites and links provided through the website are sources, which are beyond the control of The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center. Though such Information is recognized by the parties to be generally reliable, the parties acknowledge that inaccuracies may occur and The Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center and its licensors and Third-Party Providers do not warrant the accuracy or suitability of the Information. FOR THIS REASON, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED TO YOU ON AN "AS IS," "WHERE IS" BASIS. THE ADVANCED BARIATRIC SURGERY CENTER AND ITS LICENSORS AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS, ORAL, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHEREWISE, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR APPLICATION AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, ANY WARRANTIES ARISING BY VIRTUE OF CUSTOM OF TRADE OR COURSE OF DEALING AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OR ADEQUACY TO PRODUCE ANY PARTICULAR RESULT.
FURTHER, THE ADVANCED BARIATRIC SURGERY CENTER AND ITS LICENSORS AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF ADVANCEDBARIATRICSURGERY.COM, THE SERVICES OR PRODUCTS PROVIDED BY ADVANCEDBARIATRICSURGERY.COM, OR THE KNOW-HOW OR OTHER INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH OR FOUND AT THE WEB SITEOR THAT THE WEB SITEWILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR WILL BE SUITABLE FOR YOUR NEEDS.
FURTHERMORE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE SERVICES, RESULTS OF THE SERVICES AND/OR ANY STATEMENTS MADE ABOUT ANY OF THE SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEB SITEHAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY ANY U.S. OR OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (THE "FDA"), AND THAT THESE SERVICES ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE. THE WEBSITE DOES NOT CONTAIN ALL MEDICAL INFORMATION THAT MAY BE RELEVANT AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR SEEKING PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT OR CARE. ALL SPECIFIC MEDICAL QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION, TREATMENT, CARE OR DIAGNOSIS SHOULD BE PRESENTED TO YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL HEALTHCARE PROVIDER.
THE ADVANCED BARIATRIC SURGERY CENTER ALSO PROVIDES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND THAT THE INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH MEDICAL BENEFITS, POLICIES, CLAIMS AND DATA RELATED THERETO IS RELIABLE OR ACCURATE, AND THE USER IS ADVISED TO CONSULT AND RELY UPON ITS OWN AGREEMENTS, RIGHTS AND BENEFITS WITH ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS.
YOU AGREE TO RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS THE ADVANCED BARIATRIC SURGERY CENTER , ITS LICENSORS, AND THRID-PARTY PROVIDERS (INCLUDING THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES OR CONTRACTORS) FROM AND AGAINST ALL CLAIMS BROUGHT BY ANY PERSONS ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO YOUR ACCESS AND USE OF the Web Site, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE INFORMATION, SERVICES AND/OR PRODUCTS OBTAINED THROUGH OR PROVIDED BY the Web Site, INCLUDING AUTHORIZED ACCESS OR USE.
Consent to Electronic Signatures (where applicable)
YOU CONSENT TO USE OF ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES WITH DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT where applicable. For the purpose of this Agreement, "Electronic Signature" means an electronic symbol or process attached to or logically associated with a document or record and executed or adopted by you with the intent to sign the record. Where related to your patient Information, a signed written authorization to release Information will be required.