Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

This Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (these “Terms of Use”) form a contract between you and Group Health Cooperative (“we” or “us”), and govern your use of the Group Health Research Institute websites (the “Site”).

THE INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE VIA THIS SITE IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE OR ATTENTION.

BY USING THIS SITE, YOU ACCEPT THESE TERMS OF USE AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY THEM. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE, DO NOT USE THIS SITE.

Scope; third party content and features: These Terms of Use govern all of the Site. Some features and services within the Site are provided by our third party service providers, and may be subject to additional and/or different terms and conditions. In addition, we may maintain links from the Site to third party websites. We do not continuously evaluate, and we are not responsible for, any content on these third party websites. Your use of third party websites is governed by any terms of use and/or privacy statements posted on these third party websites, not by our Terms of Use. The mention of specific products, processes, or services at this Site does not constitute or imply a recommendation or endorsement by us, unless explicitly stated otherwise on our Site.

Modifications: We reserve the right to modify these Terms of Use from time to time by posting an updated version on the Site. Your continued use of the Site after we post an updated version will be subject to the updated Terms of Use.

Privacy: We collect non-personal identification information through the use of “cookie” technology and/or IP address tracking. Non-personal identification information might include the browser you use, the type of computer, smart phone, or other device you are using, your operating system, your Internet service provider, and other similar information.

We use such information in the aggregate to understand how our users, as a group, use the services and resources provided on our site. “Aggregate” information is information from a group of individuals that has been compiled and processed so that no individual's information can be isolated. We study aggregate information to learn which areas of our Site are most popular, which areas need improvement, and what technologies are being used so that we may continually improve our Site.

Most Web browsers are set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent.

Additional policies and terms: Your use of the Site is subject to our other terms, conditions, disclaimers, and policies posted on the Site from time to time (“Policies”). You agree to read and comply with any such Policies when you use features and services that we identify as being subject to such Policies.

Disclaimers: The information accessible via the Site is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or attention. No content on this Site is intended to replace or amend language for coverage that you may have with Group Health Cooperative or any of its subsidiaries. Though we seek to keep the information and content we provide through the Site as up to date and accurate as possible, we do not guarantee its accuracy, completeness, or appropriateness for any particular purpose. Further, some information and content made available through the Site is provided by our third party service providers and, though we seek to work with business partners who we believe will provide useful and valuable information to our members, we cannot assume responsibility for third party content. Accordingly, we disclaim any warranty or representation regarding the completeness, accuracy or appropriateness of any information provided via the Site. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN THESE TERMS OF USE OR IN THE POLICIES AND ADDITIONAL TERMS SET FORTH IN THE SITE, WE MAKE THE SITE AVAILABLE “AS IS,” AND WE DISCLAIM ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE AND THE CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE SITE WILL BE CONTINUOUSLY AVAILABLE.

Limitation of liability: GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE AND ITS AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS, AND OTHER THIRD PARTIES MENTIONED OR LINKED TO ON THIS SITE ARE NEITHER RESPONSIBLE NOR LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, OR OTHER DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE RESULTING FROM LOST PROFITS, LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THE SITE, SITE-RELATED SERVICES AND PRODUCTS, CONTENT OR INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THE SITE, AND/OR ANY THIRD PARTY WEB SITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY AND WHETHER OR NOT ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. YOUR SOLE REMEDY FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE SITE, SITE-RELATED SERVICES, AND/OR THIRD PARTY WEB SITES IS TO STOP USING THE SITE AND/OR THOSE SERVICES. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

General: These Terms of Use and any Policies (as defined above), are governed by the laws of the State of Washington, as such laws apply to contracts formed within Washington by Washington residents, without regard to its conflict of laws provisions, and form the entire agreement between you and us regarding your use of the Site. The exclusive venue for any action or dispute arising out of these Terms of Use or their violation will be the state and federal courts located in King County, Washington. If we fail to enforce any of these Terms of Use, such failure will not be considered a waiver. Any amendment to these Terms of Use must be in a writing signed by us. These Terms of Use do not confer any rights on any third party.

Last updated: 8/1/2012