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Internal Medicine Insider Research Panel Privacy Policy

The Internal Medicine (IM) Insider research panel is an exclusive community of physicians, medical students and patients willing to share their insights about health care issues with the American College of Physicians (ACP). Through this research panel, participants have a platform to share their opinions and experiences on issues that are important to them, on products under development and on the products and services they use regularly.

The IM Insider research panel is developed and maintained by QuestBack on behalf of the Research Center of the American College of Physicians (ACP). ACP and QuestBack are committed to maintaining the privacy of this online research panel community. Your identity and the replies you provide to the IM Insider research panel surveys are completely confidential. All research reports contain only aggregated, not individual, information about the panelists.

You can be assured that protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your information is of the utmost importance to the Research Center of ACP and QuestBack. We promise that we will never willfully share, sell, trade, rent, disclose or make available your identity or email address to any outside third party without receiving your authorization to do so. In addition, we do not send unsolicited commercial emails.

Panelist Information We Gather

The Internal Medicine Insider research panel gathers selected demographic information about panel participants when they complete the initial Registration Questionnaire and when they complete surveys. This information is included in panelists’ personal profile. This way we can send surveys that correspond to panelists’ specific qualifications and personal interests. The more we know about a panelist, the better able we are to direct to them surveys that match their unique interests.

Contact from the IM Insider research panel will be done via email and text message using the information that panelists provide us upon registration. Email address and mobile phone numbers are used to send invitations to panelists to solicit participation in upcoming surveys. It is also used for the purposes of I-points incentive fulfillment. When I-points are deposited in a panelist’s account and they wish to redeem them, reward notifications will be sent to the email address on file.

To accommodate the above actions it is necessary for ACP and QuestBack to store certain information about panelists’ computers. This information includes, but is not limited to, IP addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), operating system, click stream data, and whether you computer is enabled for Flash or ActiveX .

We also summarize information about the panel to develop statistics, ensuring that the panel is representative of healthcare professionals in internal medicine from across the country. Contact information is used only when we need to communicate with the research panel participants. Neither ACP nor QuestBack sells this information or shares it with any other party.

The communications that panelists receive from the IM Insider research panel will provide:

  • Opportunities to participate in our surveys
  • Notification of incentive (winning of raffle or I-point redemption)
  • Information about the results of our surveys

Information We Use and Share

ACP Research Center and QuestBack are not in the business of selling your personally identifiable information. Information is gathered about our panelists as part of our internet surveys and research process. Your survey responses are valuable in understanding the opinions and experiences of health care professionals.

After combining your answers with those of other participants who have completed the survey, the ACP Research Center analyzes the data and writes a report to summarize the findings. Highlights of findings are reported on the Internal Medicine Insider website under the "News" link. Individual responses are not shared.

Neither ACP nor QuestBack will ever release your email address to any other person, company or organization without your permission. The Research Center will use email addresses for the sole purpose of communicating with research panel participants.

Every once and a while, an outside organization may be interested in gaining a better understanding of the Internal Medicine market. Data from these surveys may also be made available in aggregate for use by the organization who commissioned the research. Such information will only be made available subject to the same provisions as indicated in this privacy policy.

Security Measures

ACP and QuestBack take strict measures to ensure every aspect of your information is kept secure. We will never ask you for private information such as your credit card or social security numbers as part of our research. This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Passwords and user names are required, to limit participation in the surveys to invited panel members.

Only authorized employees carrying out permitted business functions are allowed to access these databases. Both ACP and QuestBack ensure that staff employed in carrying out the work of the research panel are familiar with the relevant data protection regulations, have been instructed in data and telecommunications protection guidelines and shall monitor adherence to these regulations.

Linking

This site may from time to time contain links to other web sites. In some cases, we do not operate those web sites you may link to, and therefore, we urge you to be aware of the privacy policies of those sites.

Policy for Unsubscribing from the Research Panel

Our site provides panel participants the ability to unsubscribe from the Internal Medicine Insider research panel. Panelists may opt out by logging into My Details and clicking on the link "Cancel Participation". As an alternative, you may send an email directly via Contact Us requesting to be removed. You will forfeit any I-point balance that has not been requested as of the time you unsubscribe.

Contact Information

E-mail links are provided on the site so that you may contact us directly with any questions or concerns you may have. If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this web site or any other concerns or issues and are unable to find answers on the FAQ page of this web site, please click on the Contact Us link to submit your inquiry. Thank you for agreeing to serve on the Internal Medicine Insider research panel and for participating in our surveys. Your opinions are very valuable to us.

Agreeing to Terms

If you do not agree to these Terms of Use or the Privacy Policy posted on this web site, please do not use this site or any services offered by this site. We reserve the right to make changes in these Terms of Use. Please check back from time to time to ensure you are aware of any updates or changes in this policy. Your use of the Internal Medicine Insider site indicates acceptance of these terms and conditions.



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