Privacy Policy



Revision Date: Monday, May 3rd, 2010 - 3:38 p.m. CDT

Our Promise to You

This Website was designed with the professional in mind and we respect your right to privacy. But sometimes we do need information to provide services that you request, and this privacy statement explains data collection and use in those situations. This privacy statement only applies to HealthIndex; it does not apply to other online or offline sites, products or services. Please read the complete HealthIndex privacy statement.

Collection of Personal Information

Visitors to our Website can access the Website's home page, and browse some areas of the site without disclosing any personally identifiable information. We do track information provided to us by your browser, including the Website you came from (known as the "referring URL"), the type of browser you use, the time and date of access, and other information that does not personally identify you. At HealthIndex, you must register with us to use the entire site.

Customers registering for services on our Website are asked to provide us with identifying information, such as name, gender, contact information, and other identifying information. On our registration screen, we clearly label which information is required for registration, and which information is optional and may be given at your discretion. HealthIndex will ask for the user's consent before collecting personally identifiable information.

HealthIndex also collects information about which pages our members visit within HealthIndex. This site visitation data is identified only by a unique ID number, and it is never linked with personal information.


Use of your Personal Information

The information you supply to HealthIndex is utilized to direct the editorial and research content of the site to you and other members who are interested in specific subject matter. We also track the sections you use most often to help us determine where we should invest more development effort and improve the site.

Information supplied to HealthIndex by students, faculty, health professionals and doctors will not be released, distributed or sold to any organization or vendor.

We use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • To ensure our site is relevant to your needs
  • To deliver services, such as literature searches, news and information that you request
  • To help us create and publish content most relevant to you
  • To alert you to special offers, updated information and other new services from HealthIndex, if you so request
  • To allow you access to limited-entry areas of our site as appropriate

HealthIndex, Inc. may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on HealthIndex, Inc. or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of HealthIndex, Inc. and its family of Websites, or (c) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of HealthIndex, Inc. employees, users of HealthIndex, Inc. products or services, or members of the public.


Control of your Personal Information

When you register, or otherwise give us personal information, HealthIndex will not share that information with third parties without your permission, other than for the limited exceptions already listed. It will only be used for the purposes stated above.

Registering also allows you to tell us how or whether you want HealthIndex to communicate with you. After registering, go to your Your Account Page and establish your preferences. There, you can decide what information you want to receive and how you want to receive it.

HealthIndex may send out periodic e-mails informing you of information services or current research. These mailing are optional and can be controlled under your preferences section at your Your Account Page.


Access to your Personal Information

We will provide you with the means to ensure that your personal information is correct and current.

If you register with HealthIndex or subscribe to a newsletter, you can review and edit your personal information at your Your Account Page under Preferences.

Your Preferences allow you to:

  • View and edit personal information you have already given us at HealthIndex
  • Display on your Start Page research from publications indexed by the MANTIS database

Security of your Personal Information

HealthIndex is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. We also protect your information by requiring that all our employees and others who have access to or are associated with the processing of your data respect your confidentiality.


Protection of Children's Personal Information

HealthIndex is a Website that is intended for use by students, doctors, faculty and other health care professionals. It does not knowingly collect any personal information from children.


Use of Cookies

Cookies are a technology used by HealthIndex to identify a user as the user moves through the Website. Your browser allows us to place some information on your computer's hard drive that identifies the computer you are using. We use cookies to personalize our Websites and to track your usage across all of our Websites.

Your Web browser can be set to allow you to control whether you will accept cookies, reject cookies, or to notify you each time a cookie is sent to you. If your browser is set to reject cookies, Websites that are cookie enabled will not recognize you when you return to the Website, and some Website functionality may be lost. The Help section of your browser will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting cookies.

Although cookies do not normally contain personally identifiable information, if you are a registered user we may associate your registration information with cookies our Website places on your computer's hard drive. Associating a cookie with your registration data allows us to offer increased personalization and functionality. For example, you can elect to have our Websites "remember" your user name and password and bypass the sign-in process on each visit to the site. Without cookies, this functionality would not be possible.

HealthIndex will not use cookies or any other technology to track the activity of our members outside of our online community.


Changes to this Statement

HealthIndex will occasionally update this privacy statement. When we do, we will also revise the "revision date" at the top of the privacy statement. For material changes to this statement, HealthIndex will notify you by placing prominent notice on the Website.