Southcoast Health System: MyChart Terms and Conditions
Epic’s MyChart is an online application that allows for communication of non-urgent health care messages between a patient and a health care provider. Southcoast Health System, Inc. (“Southcoast”) offers the MyChart application as a convenience to Southcoast patients for the purposes of reviewing health information, communicating with Southcoast providers, and arranging for clinical services and appointments at Southcoast’s facilities.
To access MyChart, you must agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions (“Terms and Conditions”). Your use of MyChart is completely voluntary and is not required to receive health care from Southcoast. However, if you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions you may not use MyChart.
1. MyChart Patient Access
Access to MyChart is granted to patients for the purpose of furthering medical care at Southcoast. You will be provided with instructions for creating a unique personal login name (“MyChart ID”) and password. The MyChart ID and password you choose will be used to access your health information in MyChart and are unique codes that identify you in the MyChart application.
Do not share your MyChart ID and password with anyone. Your MyChart ID and password are crucial to protecting the confidentiality of your health information. It is your responsibility to prevent disclosure of your MyChart ID and password, and to change your password at any time if you feel that the security of your password has been compromised.
Patient access to MyChart may be unilaterally terminated, restricted, or limited at any time for any reason, as determined in the sole discretion of Southcoast, in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
2. MyChart Proxy Access
In certain prescribed circumstances, individuals may obtain proxy access through MyChart to the health information of a Southcoast patient by completing an access form for that purpose (each a “MyChart Proxy Access Form”). Proxy access to a Southcoast patient’s health information is granted pursuant to a legal relationship with the patient or the consent of the patient and is governed by these Terms and Conditions and the terms set forth on the applicable MyChart Proxy Access Form. MyChart Proxy Access Forms are available on Southcoast’s MyChart web site or in your Southcoast provider’s office. As a proxy user you are required to access MyChart via your own MyChart account and associated MyChart ID. When you access MyChart as a proxy user, these Terms and Conditions apply to you.
Proxy access to MyChart may be unilaterally terminated, restricted, or limited at any time for any reason, as determined in the sole discretion of Southcoast, in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and the terms set forth on the applicable MyChart Proxy Access Form.
3. MyChart Use
MyChart should never be used in an emergency or to communicate regarding urgent matters. In an emergency, immediately dial 911 and/or go to the nearest emergency room. For non-emergency urgent matters, please call your physician, go to an emergency room , or dial 911, as necessary.
MyChart enables you to communicate with your Southcoast health care provider regarding your health information. Your messages should only relate to your own health condition(s) or those of a person for whom you are acting as a proxy user consistent with Section 2 above. If your communication contains sensitive information that you want shared only with your personal health care provider, you should contact such provider directly and not through MyChart.
Upon receipt, communications will be routed to an appropriate individual within your health care provider’s department and/or practice. If your provider is out of the office or unavailable, messages sent via MyChart may be routed to other authorized health care providers within Southcoast in order to facilitate a timely response to your message.
Southcoast will make its best efforts to provide timely responses to electronic inquiries. The anticipated turnaround time for a response is two to three (2-3) business days, but please be aware that response times may vary based on time of year, volume of patient activity, staff availability, and other factors beyond the control of Southcoast.
You will receive an email message when new information has been added to your MyChart. Any person with access to your email will also be able to see this notice. No private health information will intentionally be sent in the email notice, but you should be aware of the possibility that such health information could be sent or inferred from MyChart email communications when providing an email address for MyChart communications.
4. Restrictions on MyChart Access
Southcoast reserves the right to unilaterally terminate patient and/or proxy access to MyChart at any time for any reason.
Southcoast further reserves the right to limit or restrict MyChart access from certain patients, particularly, but not limited to, minors, in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and federal and state law. Patients under twelve (<12) years of age are prohibited from accessing their health information via MyChart. Patients twelve to seventeen (12-17) years of age, with the consent of the patient’s parent or legal guardian, or without consent in certain circumstances, may be granted limited access to their health information via MyChart. The parents or legal guardians of a minor patient may access the minor’s health information via MyChart by completing a MyChart Proxy Access Form, provided, however, that such proxy access shall be limited in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and federal and state law.
Misuse of the MyChart application or violation of these Terms and Conditions may, in the sole discretion of Southcoast, result in Southcoast suspending or terminating your access privileges. Improper activities include, but are not limited to, the use of inappropriate or abusive language, harassing behavior, unauthorized attempts to access patient records, frequent cancellation of appointments reserved through MyChart, and other activities that cause or are intended to cause a disruption to medical operations, MyChart operations, or Southcoast’s technology or medical records systems, as determined in the sole discretion of Southcoast.
Further, you acknowledge and agree that MyChart access will not be available at all times but rather will be contingent on a variety of factors, including without limitation, system maintenance, downtime, internet connectivity problems, outages, or other issues beyond the control of Southcoast.
5. Accuracy and Integrity of MyChart Health Information
The health information displayed in MyChart may not comprise your entire medical record. Therefore, you must contact Southcoast directly for official and complete copies of your medical record or in regard to discrepancies or inaccuracies within the health information listed in your MyChart record. Although Southcoast strives to ensure the integrity of information uploaded to MyChart, it makes no guarantees whatsoever as to the correctness or accuracy of the health information found on MyChart. Information contained in MyChart may be changed or updated without notice.
6. Privacy of MyChart Health Information
The privacy of your health information is extremely important to Southcoast. Southcoast uses and discloses your health information in order to provide you with high quality health care services. All MyChart communications between you and your Southcoast health care provider occur via an encrypted connection. Southcoast will maintain your health information in strict confidence, and will not disclose it to any unaffiliated third party unless you authorize that person to receive your health information, or disclosure is permitted by law. MyChart communications that contain health information are subject to all applicable state and federal laws governing the security and confidentiality of medical records.
By downloading or viewing health information via MyChart, you agree to hold Southcoast harmless and indemnify Southcoast and all of its affiliated entities and personnel against any damages or claims arising out of the use or misuse of MyChart or the information contained in it. You expressly assume the sole risk of any unauthorized access or disclosure of confidential health information pursuant to your MyChart use or misuse or your failure to secure your MyChart ID and associated password.
8. Disclaimer of Liability
All information in MyChart is provided “as is” and “as available” without warranty of any kind and meant only to support your relationship with your Southcoast health care provider. Your reliance on the information provided in MyChart is not a replacement for proper medical attention and should not be used to make any medical decisions or diagnoses.
Southcoast expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, or infringement. Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that Southcoast shall have no liability for any personal injury, including death, arising from your use or misuse of Southcoast’s MyChart application or any information or content contained therein.
9. Copyright and Trademarks
MyChart is a registered trademark of Epic Systems Corporation. All content associated with Southcoast’s MyChart application, including text, photographs, graphics, data formatting and presentation, icons, images, artwork, names, logos, trademarks and service marks, in any form including the compilation thereof (collectively the “Content”), is the sole property of Southcoast or Southcoast’s third party licensors. Except as set forth in these Terms and Conditions, the direct or indirect reproduction of any Content, in whole or in part, by any means, is prohibited without the express written consent of Southcoast.
10. Limited License
Southcoast grants you a limited license to use MyChart and the services associated with the MyChart application in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. This license expressly excludes, without limitation, any reproduction, duplication, sale, resale, or other commercial use of MyChart or its services. All rights not expressly granted by these Terms and Conditions are reserved by Southcoast and its third party licensors.
11. Governing Law / Choice of Forum
By accessing Southcoast’s MyChart application, you hereby expressly agree that the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will govern all activity and any dispute that may arise hereunder between you and Southcoast or any of its doctors, nurses, staff or other affiliates, without regard to the Commonwealth’s conflict of laws principles. You further agree that the federal and state courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall be the sole and exclusive venues for any legal action or proceeding concerning these Terms and Conditions between you and Southcoast or any of its doctors, nurses, staff, or other affiliates.
12. Agreement to Terms and Conditions
You acknowledge and agree to abide by Southcoast’s MyChart Terms and Conditions for access and use of the MyChart application. Such acknowledgement and agreement is signified by either signing these Terms and Conditions below and delivering that executed copy to your Southcoast health care provider, or by clicking “Accept” in connection with your online registration for a MyChart account. Your agreement to abide by any changes to these Terms and Conditions shall be signified by your continued use of the MyChart application after such changes are implemented. It is your responsibility to periodically check these Terms and Conditions for any revisions.
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