PRIVACY POLICY

The Vasectomy and Reversal Centers of Florida, a division of Douglas G. Stein, M.D., P.A., a Florida corporation, is not required by HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) to have a privacy policy because we share no personal health-related information electronically with any other entities, that is, we do not engage in electronic billing or fund transfers. Nonetheless, we have a policy that describes how the information that you may submit to us through vasweb may and may not be used, in essence our own privacy policy. While we have the ability, as does every website, to count the number of visitors to the site, we make no effort to trace the identity of any computer that is used to view the site. You are welcome to visit all pages of vasweb anonymously. If, however, you would like Dr. Stein to respond to any of your questions personally, you will need to complete the CONTACT FORM within our Visitors Page, and if you would like to have a vasectomy, you will need to provide some information about yourself, either (1) by using the Vasectomy Pre-Registration Form or (2) by filling out paper forms in our office with information that we ourselves will enter into our database by using the same form.

HOW WE COLLECT, USE AND PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION

The information provided when you submit your completed CONTACT FORM via vasweb is received as an e-mail by Dr. Stein and never shared with any third party. Some e-mails are saved, to be added to the records of those who become patients of Dr. Stein. At the time a physician/patient relationship is established, any contact correspondence is kept in strict confidence within that individual patient's medical file. Please also see our disclaimer.

The information provided when you submit your completed Vasectomy Pre-Registration Form goes to a database that resides on the off-site server for the rest of vasweb.com. We do not have a login system that allows you to change the information submitted at an earlier date, but when you come to the office, a printed summary of the information that you submitted will be presented to you for approval. Only this summary, signed by you, becomes part of your formal permanent record. By necessity, a few records may be seen by our two-person database developer team when they make sure that the database is functioning properly. Only they and the small staff of Dr. Stein's Tampa office have access through passwords to the data that you submit. The information is not shared with anyone except your other health care providers, and with them only when you provide permission to do so as you fill out the Registration Form. If we submit an insurance claim form on your behalf, it will be a paper claim form, mailed to your insurance carrier and not submitted electronically or online.