Privacy Statement for AHIMA
The American Health Information
Management Association (AHIMA) has created this privacy statement in order
to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. AHIMA is committed to honoring
the privacy of our members and general users who access this site. The
following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices
for AHIMA's main Web site at www.ahima.org and AHIMA's Communities of
Practice Web site at cop.ahima.org.
On both sites, we use your
IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, derive usage statistics,
and to administer our Web site. All usage statistics are only used as
aggregated data to derive statistics and not to identify individuals accessing
the Web sites.
AHIMA has contracted with other
vendors to provide services and information to our Web site users. We
use our best efforts to ensure the contract with such vendors only permits
the vendor to use the data collected to diagnose problems and to administer
our Web site.
HIM Salary Study and Unique
In AHIMA's Communities of Practice
Web site, general profile data on members are accessible to other members
in aggregate form. Information provided to other members includes a member's
name, city, state, job title, and workplace as part of an online member
directory. Other identifying information is not available.
Unique identifiers (such as
membership identification numbers) are collected from Web site visitors
to verify the user's identity, provide customized Web pages, and customized
information, and for use as account numbers in our record system. Such
unique and individually identified information is never sold nor provided
to third parties.
specific users and user options for our continuing education quiz system,
surveys, advertising banner ad tracking, the rotation of ad displays on
Web pages, online e-commerce system, and online Community platform. Cookies
are also used in surveys, voting, and polling to prevent users from duplicating
responses in any of these Web site events.
Financial and Customer Information
Our site uses order forms
that allow customers to request information, products, and services. We
collect a visitor's contact information (e-mail address), unique identifiers
(their membership identification number), and financial information (account
or credit card numbers). Contact information collected from the order
form is used to send orders to customers. Financial information is used
to collect payment from the user for billable products and services.
These sites contains links
to other sites. AHIMA is not responsible for the privacy practices or
the content of Web sites linked from AHIMA's Web sites, nor does linking
to other Web sites indicate any endorsement of the site or the products
or information provided on such sites.
Online surveys, polls, and
all demographic information collected through the sites are used for internal
benchmarking and research. Identifying information is not disclosed to
outside parties, other than subcontractors of AHIMA, or used to contact
users unless they have indicated that they wished to be contacted for
The sites make chat rooms
and discussion forums available to its users. Although chat rooms and
discussion forums are only viewable by AHIMA members, please remember
that any information disclosed in these areas becomes public information,
and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal
information. Forums and chat rooms may be monitored for content by AHIMA.
Both www.ahima.org and cop.ahima.org
have security measures in place that endeavor to protect the loss, misuse,
and alteration of the information under our control. These sites are a
part of private networks, that do not provide direct access by outside
parties to the servers. Firewalls are also in place to prevent unauthorized
access to equipment and servers. All systems are monitored for suspicious
activity to prevent any breaches in security.
AHIMA also employs a secure
socket layers (SSL) security protocol, which is a standard industry tool
used to provide data encryption on pages and areas where personal data
are collected. SSL protects the personal information transmitted from
a user's computer to AHIMA, allowing for safe transmission of personal
and financial information over the Internet. AHIMA also uses digital certificate
authentication to ensure secure transactions.
Choice to Opt-Out
At the point where we request information about the visitor, our site provides
users with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from AHIMA
AHIMA respects its members' and nonmembers' Internet privacy and right to choose
which communications they want to receive. If you prefer not to receive AHIMA product and services e-mails, faxes, or postal mailings,
go to http://imis.ahima.org/preferences and you will be taken to the log-in page. You will need your ID and password. If you don't know
your password you can use your e-mail address to have it sent to you.
You can send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or you can call the following telephone number: (312) 233-1100.
Corrections and/or Updates
The sites give users the following
options for changing and modifying previously provided information.
Send e-mail to email@example.com
Send mail to:
233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor,
Chicago, IL 60601-5809
Telephone: (312) 233-1100
Contacting the Web Site
If you have any questions
about this privacy statement, AHIMA's Web site practices, or your dealings
with these Web sites, you can contact:
American Health Information
233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-5809
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