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Privacy Policy

Statement on website privacy practices for INSPIRE

Innovative Support for Patients with SARs-CoV-2 Infections Registry (“INSPIRE”) is a research consortium funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCT 04610515) to understand the long-term effects of COVID-19. Participation in INSPIRE includes completing periodic surveys about your condition and providing access to your electronic medical record. You will be compensated for your participation. To enroll in INSPIRE, you needed to complete the screening process and provide your electronic consent to participating.  

Web Privacy Statement

‍INSPIRE is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy describes how INSPIRE handles information from users in the course of a visit to this website. 
Please contact our coordinating center with any questions:

Email: Inspire@Rush.edu 

Information Collection and Sharing

‍INSPIRE is the sole owner of information collected through the website https://www.covidinspire.org/.  Any personally identifiable information you enter on this site will be maintained in strict confidence and will not be disclosed to any unaffiliated third parties without your authorization, unless the information is permitted to be disclosed by law, or as otherwise provided for herein. If enrolled, your information may be utilized by Hugo Health (see Hugo Health’s terms of service and privacy policy). We do not share information collected through the website with any third-party advertisers.

‍Use of "Cookies"

‍A "cookie" is a small file that a website puts on a user's computer with their agreement. This website uses cookies to track how visitors use the website. Cookies also streamline a user's experience of the website during a visit.

In most cases, a web browser will automatically accept cookies. Users should be able to change browser settings to disable cookies. Disabling cookies may make it more difficult to use some parts of the website. For more information about deleting cookies, see the web browser's help section.

Like many websites, https://www.covidinspire.org/ uses Google Analytics to gather information about how visitors use the website. Users may opt out if they do not want their data to be used by Google Analytics. Visit Google to learn how.

Email Communications

‍Website users may choose to communicate with the website administrator and other staff members at INSPIRE via email addresses shared on this website. Users should be careful when sending email. If a user sends an email to a member of the Rush staff, that user is authorizing a response via email. 

Normal email is not encrypted. Because of this, it is possible for unauthorized individuals to intercept emails sent to INSPIRE. INSPIRE is responsible for the privacy of messages that we store on our network. INSPIRE is not responsible for the privacy of those messages once we have sent them to a website user or a user's email provider. We are also not responsible for the privacy of messages while they are in transit from a user to INSPIRE.

INSPIRE encrypts certain email messages that contain sensitive information, such as patient medical and financial information. This is to protect the privacy of our patients and to comply with federal regulations. Encryption protects against unauthorized individuals intercepting these messages. A user will receive a link to a secure website where the user will need to register and log in to the secure website to view encrypted messages.

If a user notices suspicious activity, such as emails seeking personal financial information that appear to be from INSPIRE, contact the INSPIRE Coordinating Center.

‍Links from this Website

‍This website contains links to other websites. INSPIRE has no authority over third-party websites that a user may link to from this website. Each of these websites maintains its own independent privacy and data collection policies and procedures. INSPIRE is not responsible or liable for these independent methods or actions, nor for the policies or procedures of destination websites. We also do not assume responsibility for the privacy policies or procedures of any website that links users to this website.

‍Notification of Changes

‍If our website privacy policy changes, we will post changes at this page to ensure that our users are always aware of the information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected. A user's continued use of this website shall be deemed as acceptance of the modified privacy statement.

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