WE VALUE PRIVACY
At MedicRelief, we take the protection of your personal information very seriously. This policy is designed to describe the personal information we collect, how we protect it and what we do with it.
From time to time, we may need to change this policy. If we do so, we will post the updated version on our website (https://medicrelief.com/
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
We may collect current and historical personal information including information about your:
- contact details
- identification details including Medicare number (under the Human Services (Medicare) Act) and Healthcare Identifier (under the Healthcare Identifiers Act)
- payment details
- preferences in respect of our services and health products services
- enquiry/complaint details
- transactions and communications with us and using our platform
- health insurance details
- next of kin, emergency contacts and nominated representatives.
If you have a consultation with a health professional using our platform, then we may record that consultation and the health professional may collect information relevant to your consultation, including information and opinions regarding your health condition, treatments and allergies. Background information about you and your family may also be collected where provided voluntarily or relevant to your consultation, and this may include information about your lifestyle, work, relationships, ethnic background, religion, beliefs, sexual preference/activity and genetic information. Personal information from your national eHealth record may also be collected in accordance with the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act – see myhealthrecord.gov.au for further details.
Personal information is collected pursuant to Federal and State health laws including those mentioned above and the National Health Act.
If you engage with us as a health professional, we may also collect information about your skills, qualifications and experience.
HOW DO WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION?
We collect personal information you provide to us directly. In some circumstances we also collect personal information through other means including recordings of consultations conducted using our platform, your eHealth record, other health professionals and your relatives, guardians and representatives. In relation to health professionals, we may also collect your personal information from publicly available sources, professional registers, background check providers and academic institutions.
See the section on ‘Our online services’ below for more information about our collection of personal information online.
HOW DO WE HOLD AND PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION?
We hold personal information electronically and in hard copy form, both at our own premises and with the assistance of our service providers.
We implement a range of measures to protect the security of personal information, including – depending on the circumstances – electronic access controls, premises security and network firewalls.
WHY DO WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Dr Me provides an online platform designed to facilitate communications between independent health professionals and patients and to enable the provision of electronic prescriptions, referrals, medical certificates and general letters.
Health professionals provide health services including diagnosing medical conditions and advising on treatment.
We collect, hold, use and disclose personal information to provide our platform and services. This includes:
- providing, administering, improving and personalising our services
- contacting you in relation to our services
- processing payments and refunds
- verifying your identity and personal information
- maintaining and updating our records
- recruiting, training and managing staff and health professionals
- conducting quality assurance activities to maintain the quality of our services and those of health professionals using our platform
- meeting our legal obligations
- protecting our lawful interests
- facilitating acquisitions and potential acquisitions of our business.
We may not be able to do these things without your personal information. For example, we may not be able to communicate with you or allow you to use our platform.
We may provide marketing communications and targeted advertising to you on an ongoing basis by telephone, electronic messages (eg. email), online (including websites and mobile apps) and other means, unless you opt out or we are subject to legal restrictions. See the marketing materials for details of how to opt out, or contact us as set out below. We will not use health information about you for direct marketing purposes except in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
WHO DO WE DISCLOSE PERSONAL INFORMATION TO?
We may exchange your personal information with our related bodies corporate, your and our representatives, your family members (where appropriate), health professionals and our service providers. Our service providers include providers of archival, auditing (including quality assurance in relation to health professionals using our platform), accounting, customer contact, legal, business consulting, banking, payment, debt collection, delivery, data processing, data analysis, document management, information broking, research, investigation, insurance, website or technology services.
In relation to electronic prescriptions or referrals, we may exchange your personal information with pharmacists or health professionals, respectively.
We may also exchange personal information with Medicare, health insurers and any party funding your health services in relation to matters such as claims, cover and billing.
Where you have an eHealth record under the national system, your health professional may contribute your personal information to the operator of that system.
OUR ONLINE SERVICES
If you use our Online Services to read, browse or download information, our system may record information such as the date and time of your interaction, the pages accessed and any information downloaded. This information is used for statistical, reporting and website administration and maintenance purposes.
Like many other websites, our website may use ‘cookies’ from time to time. A cookie is a piece of information that allows our system to identify and interact more effectively with your browser. The cookie helps us to maintain the continuity of your browsing session and remember your details and preferences when you return. You can configure your web browser software to reject cookies however some parts of our website may not have full functionality in that case.
The Online Services may contain links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or policies of those sites.
HOW CAN YOU ACCESS AND UPDATE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Please contact us if you wish to seek access to or correct of any personal information we may hold about you. We aim to respond within a reasonable time and may need to verify your identity.
Please provide as much detail as you can about the particular information you seek, in order to help us locate it. We may deny some requests for access to or correction of personal information where the law allows us to do so.
COMPLAINTS AND DISPUTES
If an individual has a complaint about our handling of their Personal Information, they should address their complaint in writing to the details below.
If we have a dispute regarding an individual’s Personal Information, we both must first attempt to resolve the issue directly between us.
If we become aware of any unauthorised access to an individual’s Personal Information we will inform them at the earliest practical opportunity once we have established what was accessed and how it was accessed.
From time to time, we may send an individual important notices, such as changes to our terms, conditions and policies. Because this information is important to the individual’s interaction with us, they may not opt out of receiving these communications.
All correspondence with regards to privacy should be addressed to:
The Privacy Officer
Medic Relief Pty Ltd
101/463 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North, Victoria 3068, Australia
You may contact the Privacy Officer by email in the first instance.
ADDITIONS TO THIS POLICY