Our Legal Responsibility
Dr. Ryan Wilgus dental practice is required by federal and state laws to maintain the privacy of your health information and is required to give you this notice about our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your health information.
Disclosure and Uses of Health Information
We may use or disclose your treatment, payment, and medical operations for any of the following:
Payment: We may use/disclose your health information to obtain payment for services provided to you
Treatment: We may use/disclose your health information students, dental auxiliaries, physicians, and/or other healthcare providers providing treatment to you
Your Family and Friends: We may disclose your health information to a family member, friend, or other person to the extent necessary to help with your care or payment for your healthcare, but only if you agree that we may do so
Medical Operations: We may use/disclose your health information in order to conduct certain business and operational activities. These include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, training of students, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities.
Persons Involved in Care: We may use/disclose medical information to notify, or assist in the notification of (including identifying or locating) a family member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care, of your location, your general condition, or death.
Neglect or Abuse: We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, or the possible victim of other crimes. We may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety, or the health or safety of others.
Appointment Reminders: We may use/disclose your medical information to remind you of scheduled appointments (voicemail messages, letters, or postcards)
National Security: We may disclose your medical information to military authorities, authorized federal officials, law enforcement officials, and any other national security organizations under certain circumstances
We collect information from you when you register on and use the Dr. Ryan Wilgus website where you may be asked to enter personal information such as name, email, phone, etc. However, you may visit our website anonymously. The information may be collected via mobile or other electronic devices.
Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Website.
Any information collected from you may be used in the following ways:
- To improve the efficiency of our website
- To send periodic emails
- To provide you with requested information
- To personalize your experience on our website
We automatically collect usage details regarding your visit to our website such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address and other information collected through cookies.
We use this information to understand and save your preferences for future visits. We also collect data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can provide better site experiences and tools in the future.
Disclosure of Your Personal Information
We do not trade, sell, or transfer your personal information to outside parties but we may disclose your information under the following circumstance:
- To contracted third party service providers to assist us in the operation of our website and/or to help us better assist our site visitors, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential
- To comply with any law, court order, or government request
- To a buyer or successor in the event of a merger or dissolution or other sale and/or transfer of some and/or all of the company’s assets
However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses
Access: You have the right to look at or get copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. You may request that we provide copies in a format other than photocopies. We will use the format you request unless we cannot practicably do so. We may charge a fee for producing dental records and X-rays as allowed by law.
Disclosure Accounting: You have the right to receive a list of instances in which we or our business associates disclosed your health information for purposes other than treatment, payment, healthcare operations and certain other activities for the last 6 years, but not before April 14, 2003. If you request this accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for responding to these additional requests.
Alternative Communication: You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means or to alternative locations. This request must be in writing. Your request must specify the alternative means or location, and provide satisfactory explanation of how payments will be handled under the alternative means or location you request.
Restriction: You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information. We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in an emergency). When you pay in full outside of your insurance plan for services you may request that we restrict this information and not disclose it to your healthcare plan or insurer.
Amendment: You have the right to request that we amend your health information. This request must be in writing, and it must explain why the information should be amended. We may deny your request under certain circumstances.
Breach Notification: We will provide you with notification of a breach of unsecured PHI as required by law.
Electronic Notice: If you received this notice on our web site or by electronic mail (e-mail), you are also entitled to receive this notice in written form.
This policy was last modified October 19, 2016.
If there are any questions or concerns regarding the private policy, you may contact us using the contact form here.