Instant Medical History

Please read the information that follows after the link button, then click on the link button "Instant Medical History Website" to be sent to the Instant Medical History website to provide your medical information only if you have read and agree to the terms below the button:

At Gail C. S. Anderson, M.D., P.A. (the “Practice”) we understand and respect your privacy and the concerns you may have in regard to privacy and data security.  We have taken reasonable steps to protect the privacy of information our patients and potential patients provide to us.  The following information outlines how the Practice treats information provided to it electronically.

As you may recall from the prior webpage, we believe Instant Medical History (“IMH”) will help improve the quality of care we can give you.  At the end of this page, you will find a link to the IMH website so that you may provide your health information to us via IMH.

When you use IMH, the system establishes a secure communication link using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) cryptographic protocols to provide communications security over the Internet.  SSL technology encrypts segments of the network connections above the transport layer, using symmetric cryptography for privacy and a keyed message authentication code for message reliability.

After you complete the IMH history questionnaire and click done, by that click you will send your information to IMH’s computers (and/or those of its parent company, Primetime Medical Software) where the information is encrypted using a proprietary encryption algorithm with 128-bit technology to encrypt the file with an additional encryption layer using an internal program key.  A secondary system helps protect messages from being decrypted by anything other than the software at the Practice.  While data in transit over the Internet may be subject to sniffing and other data-theft technologies, with the high level of encryption supplied by these software programs, a stolen file is practically unreadable/useless and extremely difficult to decrypt.  The software sends the encrypted file to the IMH Secure Server where it is held in a secure environment until the Practice’s computer retrieves the file over the Internet for local decryption (the file is not decrypted until it reaches our destination).  IMH Secure Server is housed in a secure facility.  The Practice’s computer that acts as its server is stored in a secured  location.  The practice also utilizes additional security measures including hardware firewall, security software and password protection to access computers containing Protected (personal) Health Information (“PHI”).

By using Instant Medical History (“IMH”), and the associated websites and/or computer systems to provide to the Practice your personal information, you accept the terms below. Please review this policy with each use as it may change without notice.

EVEN WITH THE ABOVE MEASURES, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT INFORMATION TRANSMITTED OVER THE INTERNET CANNOT BE 100% SECURE; THUS, CONFIDENTIALITY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED.  ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT, BY ITS VERY NATURE, A COMPUTER SYSTEM CANNOT BE ABSOLUTELY PROTECTED AGAINST EVERY INTENTIONAL OR MALICIOUS INTRUSION ATTEMPT.  FURTHERMORE, THE PRACTICE DOES NOT CONTROL THE DEVICES OR COMPUTERS OR THE INTERNET OVER WHICH YOU MAY CHOOSE TO SEND CONFIDENTIAL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND THEREFORE CANNOT PREVENT SUCH INTERCEPTIONS OR COMPROMISES TO YOUR INFORMATION WHILE IN TRANSIT TO THE PRACTICE.   ALTHOUGH WE BELIEVE THE DEVELOPER OF IMH (PRIMETIME MEDICAL SOFTWARE, WHICH COMPANY IS ALSO HEREBY INCLUDED IN THE USE OF THE TERM “IMH” OR “INSTANT MEDICAL HISTORY”) HAS ADEQUATE SECURITY MEASURES, ITS SOFTWARE, HARDWARE, AND OTHER ASPECTS OF ITS SYSTEM ARE NOT UNDER THE PRACTICE’S DIRECT CONTROL, AND THEREFORE WE CANNOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES AS TO THEIR SECURITY.  THEREFORE, THE PRACTICE HEREBY MAKES NO GUARANTEE AS TO SECURITY, INTEGRITY OR CONFIDENTIALITY OF ANY INFORMATION TRANSMITTED TO OR FROM THIS WEBSITE AND/OR THE WEBSITE, SOFTWARE, SERVERS, COMPUTERS AND/OR COMPUTER SYSTEMS OF IMH AND/OR ANY OTHER SYSTEMS IT MAY USE (COLLECTIVELY TERMED “IMH’S SYSTEMS”), OR STORED WITHIN THIS WEBSITE, THE PRACTICE, OR IMH’S SYSTEMS.  BEYOND OUR REASONABLE CARE TO SAFEGUARD YOUR INFORMATION WHILE UNDER OUR CONTROL, THE PRACTICE CANNOT AND DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ABSOLUTE SECURITY OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS OR TRANSMISSIONS BECAUSE ANY TRANSMISSION MADE OVER THE INTERNET BY ANY ORGANIZATION OR ANY INDIVIDUAL RUNS THE RISK OF INTERCEPTION.  IN ADDITION, WE HEREBY MAKE NO GUARANTEE AS TO SECURITY, INTEGRITY OR CONFIDENTIALITY OF ANY INFORMATION TRANSMITTED TO OR FROM THIS WEBSITE, OR STORED WITHIN THIS WEBSITE OR THE PRACTICE.  LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:  YOU ASSUME THE SOLE RISK OF TRANSMITTING YOUR INFORMATION AS IT RELATES TO THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND/OR IMH’S SYSTEMS, AND FOR ANY DATA CORRUPTIONS, INTENTIONAL INTERCEPTIONS, INTRUSIONS OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO INFORMATION, OR OF ANY DELAYS, INTERRUPTIONS TO OR FAILURES PREVENTING THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND/OR IMH’S SYSTEMS.  IN NO EVENT SHALL THE PRACTICE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR MONETARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING FEES, AND PENALTIES IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF IMH’S SYSTEMS OR CONNECTIVITY TO OR FROM THE IMH SITE TO THE PRACTICE’S SITE OR TO ANY OTHER SITE.  IF YOU ARE NOT YET A PATIENT OF THE PRACTICE, PLEASE ALSO BE ADVISED THAT THE PROTECTIONS OF THE HIPAA (HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 1996) LAW DO NOT APPLY TO ANY HEALTH INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE; HOWEVER THE PRACTICE WILL EXTEND TO YOUR INFORMATION THE SAME SAFEGUARDS IT EXTENDS TO INFORMATION THAT IS PROTECTED BY HIPAA, TO THE EXTENT THAT THE PRACTICE CAN REASONABLY DO SO.  UNTIL YOU COME FOR YOUR CONSULTATION (INITIAL HISTORY AND PHYSICAL) WITH ONE OF THE PRACTICE’S LICENSED HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE HELD IN OUR SERVER.  WHILE IT IS NOT ENCRYPTED, THE SERVER IS PASSWORD-PROTECTED AND IN A SECURE LOCATION.  WHEN YOU COME FOR YOUR CONSULTATION AND YOUR ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD (EMR) IS CREATED, YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE IMPORTED INTO THE EMR AND IS THEN SUBJECT TO HIPAA.  IF YOU ENTER INTO IMH INFORMATION FOR THE PRACTICE’S USE, BUT THEN DO NOT COME FOR INITIAL CONSULTATION AND THEREFORE DO NOT BECOME A PATIENT, WE WILL REGULARLY DELETE INFORMATION SUCH AS YOURS FROM OUR SERVER AFTER ABOUT 4 - 6 (FOUR TO SIX) WEEKS.

Your privacy is important to us, and we believe that both the Practice and IMH have instituted appropriate security measures.  IMH is used by many other medical organizations, and we selected it because programs such as IMH have been shown to improve the information obtained, which we believe will lead to better medical care for you than without the use of IMH.

Please click on the link button immediately below to be sent to the Instant Medical History website to provide your medical information only if you have read and agree to the above terms:

If you decline to use the Instant Medical History software/website, click on the button immediately below to return to the Practice’s home page; then please call our office (410-341-0005) to discuss your options for providing your medical information to the Practice: