GeisingerConnect Terms & Conditions of Use

YOU MUST READ AND ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE BEFORE USING THE GEISINGERCONNECT SITE (HEREAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE "SITE").

GEISINGER MAY PERIODICALLY UPDATE THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. YOUR ONGOING USE OF THIS SITE REPRESENTS YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE CHANGES. YOU MAY VIEW THE MOST CURRENT VERSION THROUGH THE LINK THAT APPEARS ON THE BOTTOM OF ALL PAGES ON THE GEISINGERCONNECT WEB SITE.

USE OF CONTENT

This Site is designed for use by physicians, other healthcare professionals and their authorized staff to facilitate the secure transfer of medical information and knowledge to:

While at a Geisinger facility or at their place of employment, Geisinger authorizes the user to access, print and securely retain patient identifiable information found on this site solely for use in the treatment of our mutual patients. Use of patient identifiable information for any purpose other than providing continued treatment and medical care is prohibited. Access to this Site from other locations is authorized on an 'as needed basis' and requires additional security standards to be met.

PATIENT PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY

The user understands and agrees that in the performance of their duties they must hold medical information in confidence. The user has a need to access patient or medical information provided in GeisingerConnect and agrees to only review patient information on a need to know basis. A breach of confidentiality occurs when the user inappropriately accesses or discloses patient information where there is not a need to know or a need to pass the information to others. This means that unless the user needs the information to perform his or her job, the user should not access, disclose or discuss patient information with anyone. This includes medical information about the user, family members, friends and co-workers.

USER ID & PASSWORD

The user understands that they will be assigned a User ID & a one-time use activation code. The user agrees to immediately select and enter a new password known only to them. The user understands they may change their password at any time, and will do so every six months and/or when prompted. The user understands that they are to be the only individual using and in possession of their confidential password. The user is aware that the User ID and password are equivalent to their signature. Also, the user is aware that they are responsible for any use of the system utilizing their User ID and password. This includes data entered, viewed, printed or otherwise manipulated. If the user has reason to believe that their password has been compromised they will report this information to Geisinger and they will also immediately change their password.

BREACH OF AGREEMENT

A violation of professional standards for the protection of patient confidentiality is a violation of professional ethics and may be reportable to the State Board of Medical Education and Licensure. Any violations of this agreement are considered serious and will result in termination of use & may include civil and/or criminal actions against the individual user and their employer/contractor. Your personal liability for any violation of this policy will continue indefinitely.

PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE

The Site software is proprietary and is to be used only by authorized users. Any unauthorized use, copying, infringement, or other form of dissemination of the information contained in this proprietary resource, including screen displays, is strictly prohibited. Other software accessible from this Site may contain additional & separate rules for use and are incorporated into this agreement by reference.

HOLD HARMLESS

Geisinger will only maintain the web access application. All other maintenance, including but not limited to connectivity and devices, will remain the responsibility of the user.

YOU AGREE THAT GEISINGER PROVIDES NO WARRANTY OR ASSURANCES OF ANY KIND TO THE USER, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE CONTINUITY, AVAILABILITY, ACCURACY, CHARACTERISTICS OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SITE.

INDEMNIFICATION

The user agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Geisinger, its employees, affiliates, contractors, agents and assigns against any and all actions, suits, claims, demands and fines whatsoever including third party and/or patient actions that may result from acts or omissions of the user, its employer, employees, affiliates, contractors, agents and permitted assigns in the access to, disclosure, use or disposal of confidential patient data provided by Geisinger under this Site.

TERMINATION

Agreement will terminate when a breach has occurred or at the request of either party (e.g., user no longer treats Geisinger patients, changes employment, loss of license). When this Agreement ends Geisinger will revoke applicable Site access.

GOVERNANCE

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additionally, the pages on this site are subject to the Geisinger Health System website's general terms and conditions as set forth at http://www.geisinger.org/tc