Terms of Website Use
The contents of this website may contain sensitive information that may not be suitable for all audiences. This page describes the terms and conditions of use of this website by you, the website viewer, and your rights and responsibilities as a user. Please read this page carefully. By using this Website, you agree to be bound by all of the Terms and Conditions set forth below. Empath Health, a Florida not-for-profit organization, as the owner of this Website, may revise these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice; therefore, you should visit this page periodically to review the Terms and Conditions. You agree that by entering, re-entering, or continuing to use the website thereafter, you accept all changes that may have been made to the Terms and Conditions.
Use of Site Material
No portion of this website can be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise for any other purposes. The contents of this Website, including, without limitation, text, graphics, images, and other content (the “Content”) are owned by or licensed to Empath Health and are protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws.
Unauthorized use of the Content violates copyright, trademark, and other laws. All trademarks, service marks, trade names and logos appearing on the site are the property of Empath Health or its licensors and may not be used without permission. You agree to retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Content on any copy you make of such material. You may not sell or modify our Content or reproduce, display, or otherwise use the Content in any way for any public or commercial purpose.
Information available to the general public on or through this Website is not intended and should not be interpreted as medical advice and is not offered as an alternative to medical referral. This website does not and is not intended to create a physician-patient relationship, and should not be used as a substitute to seeking consultation from qualified medical professionals. ALL EMERGENCIES SHOULD BE HANDLED BY CONTACTING YOUR DOCTOR OR CALLING 911 IMMEDIATELY.
All Content provided to the general public on this website is intended solely for your educational, personal, and non-commercial use and is strictly informational. As a condition of your use of this website, you warrant that you will not use the website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms and Conditions
Certain encrypted, password-protected areas of www.myepic.org may provide specific medical information. In these special cases the recipients will be limited to qualified medical personnel, or the participating users will have received additional information regarding the use of such information before being granted access.
As a user of www.myepic.org, you have the right to view all publicly-accessible information anonymously. You also have the right to prevent any of your identifying information from being included on the publicly-accessible areas of the site. In those areas of the site reserved for direct contact between medical staff, Empath Health reserves the right to archive such communications in a secure format.
This site contains links to websites owned by third parties, which may appear in association with child health promotion information. The listing of a child health promotion resource or link and its associated information on this website is not intended as an endorsement, recommendation, or referral by Empath Health or any of its operating divisions. These links and resources are provided solely as a convenience to you. Empath Health is not responsible for the content of any linked websites or child health promotion resource and makes no representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such sites or resource. If you decide to visit any third-party websites using links from this site, you do so at your own risk. Health professionals, parents, guardians, and all users of this site are encouraged to assess independently whether information or resources found on or through this website will meet the needs of the user.
In those areas of the site where communication is offered between a user and a member of the Empath Health staff, no guarantee is provided for the timeliness of the response. We strongly urge that you never include sensitive information in email or web-based forms that do not provide for a high level (128-bit) of encryption.
www.myepic.org is a service provided solely by Empath Health. There are no investors or partners with a financial interest in the information being provided on www.myepic.org. Legal questions regarding empathhealth.org, Empath Health, or any of the information provided here can be forwarded to the following address:
5771 Roosevelt Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33760
Additional information regarding Empath Health can be located on www.empathhealth.org.
Empath Health Conflict of Interest Policy
Empath Health is committed to ethical behavior and full compliance with applicable laws and regulations in the conduct of its business and research activities. The Empath Health Conflict of Interest (COI) policy assists in identifying the most common situations that create conflicts of interest; clarifies what activities are permitted and those that should be avoided; provides disclosure requirements; and establishes processes for addressing conflicts of interest.
The Empath Health COI policy is publicly accessible on www.empathhealth.org. COI policy access signifies that Empath Health applies for and receives Public Health Service (PHS) funding from grants or cooperative agreements, and is in full compliance with the 2011 revised regulation, 42 CFR Part 50 and 45 CFR Part 94, Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors; Final Rule. The purpose of this regulation is to promote objectivity in research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research performed under PHS contracts will be free from bias resulting from Investigator financial conflicts of interest.
empathhealth.org does not use any personal identifiable information (full names or email addresses) gathered from site users to promote the goods and services of Empath Health or any business partners.
Information From Health Professionals
All substantive content for empathhealth.org is written by employees or agents of Empath Health. In those cases where medical content is provided, it has been written by staff, who would be qualified to give the same medical information in a clinical setting. These qualifications are verified during the hiring process.
www.myepic.org is presented for use by the general public without warranty. No guarantee is provided as to the timeliness or accuracy of any information provided on the site. empathhealth.org is not to be used in any way as a substitute for contact with qualified medical professionals.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Disclosure
Empath Health does not store any patient or personally identifiable information (“PII”) from empathhealth.org users in any format. Any PII that may be collected is received in email format which has been sent by the user/requester. This data is only used to respond back to a user requesting information. Empath Health does not compile, nor does it have any use for, a database of PII from users commenting on the site or asking questions. Any PII is submitted voluntarily by the user/requestor through email addresses or contact forms available on the site. Any information that may be submitted is treated as confidential and is not sold or otherwise disclosed to third parties.
Disclaimer of Warranties
Empath Health does not warrant that this website will operate error-free or that the website or its server(s) are free of computer viruses or other harmful material. If your use of the website or the Content results in the need for servicing or replacing of equipment or data, Empath Health shall not be responsible for those costs. This website and its Content are provided on an “as is” basis without any warranties of any kind. Empath Health, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES’ RIGHTS, AND THE WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Disclaimer of Consequential Damages
IN NO EVENT SHALL Empath Health BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER USER OF empathhealth.org FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER MONETARY OR OTHER DAMAGES, FEES, FINES, PENALTIES, LOSS PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE MATERIAL ON THIS WEBSITE OR SITES LINKED TO THIS WEBSITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER Empath Health IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
This website originates from within the United States. Empath Health does not claim that the Content on the website is appropriate or may be used outside the United States. Access to the Content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the website from outside the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the Laws of your jurisdiction.
These Terms and Conditions are governed by the substantive laws of the State of Florida, without respect to its conflict of interest principles. You agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts situated in the State of Florida with respect to any dispute, disagreement, or cause of action related to or involving this website. If any provision is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term. Except as expressly provided elsewhere on this website, these Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and Empath Health with respect to your use of this website.