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MCG Medical Communications Group Inc. (“MCG”) has long been committed to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality, security and privacy of customer personal information . As an organization that deals with/has access to confidential health information on a daily basis, we are very conscious of our continued responsibility to respect personal privacy, safeguard confidentiality of health records and implement appropriate security measures. Accordingly, MCG complies with all federal and provincial laws respecting privacy and has adopted this Privacy Code based on the principles set out in Schedule 1 of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ( Canada ), to assist you to understand what information we collect and how that information is used .
1. PRINCIPLE 1 – MCG IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PERSONAL INFORMATION UNDER ITS CONTROL AND HAS DESIGNATED A PRIVACY OFFICER WHO SHALL BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE ORGANIZATION'S COMPLIANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES
1.1. Accountability rests with the Privacy Officer of MCG, even though other individuals with the organization may be responsible for the day-to-day collection and processing of personal information. The Privacy Officer is designated to oversee MCG's compliance with its policy. In addition, other individuals may be delegated to act on behalf of the Policy Officer.
1.2. MCG is responsible for personal information in its possession or under its control. As such, MCG will use appropriate means to ensure that all existing and future contracts ensure a level of privacy protection equal to MCG's policies whenever information is being processed by third parties.
1.3. MCG has implemented policies and practices to give effect to these principles, including
(a) the implementation of procedures to protect personal information;
(b) the establishment of procedures to quickly receive and respond to complaints and inquiries;
(c) training and communicating to staff about MCG's policies and practices; and
2. PRINCIPLE 2 – MCG SHALL IDENTIFY THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH PERSONAL INFORMATION IS COLLECTED AT OR BEFORE THE TIME THE INFORMATION IS COLLECTED.
2.1. MCG collects information at different times which may be used for a variety of purposes depending on the circumstances. These include:
2.2. If we plan to use personal information we have collected for a purpose not previously identified, we will identify and document this purpose before such use.
2.3. MCG will make reasonable efforts to specify the identified purpose, orally or in writing, to the individual from whom the information is collected either at the time of collection or pursuant thereto.
3. PRINCIPLE 3 – THE KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL ARE REQUIRED FOR THE COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION, EXCEPT WHERE INAPPROPRIATE.
3.1. The way in which we seek consent, including whether it is express or implied consent, may vary depending on the sensitivity of the information and the reasonable expectations of the individual. An individual may withdraw consent at any time, subject to legal and contractual restrictions and reasonable notice.
3.2. MCG will typically seek consent for the use or disclosure of personal information at the time of collection, but in certain circumstances consent may be sought afterwards.
3.3. MCG will only ask individuals to consent to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information as a condition of verifying eligibility of receipt of a service or product we provide or represent, if such use, collection or disclosure is required to fulfill an identified purpose.
3.4. In certain circumstances, as permitted or required by law, we may collect, use or disclose personal information without the knowledge and consent of the individual. These circumstances include: personal information which is subject to solicitor-client privilege or is publicly available as defined by regulation; where collection or use is clearly in the interests of the individual and consent cannot be obtained in a timely manner; to investigate a breach of agreement or a contravention of the law; to act in respect of an emergency that threatens the life, health or security of an individual; for debt collection; or to comply with a subpoena, warrant or court order.
4. PRINCIPLE 4 – MCG WILL LIMIT THE AMOUNT AND TYPE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED TO THAT WHICH IS NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSES IDENTIFIED BY MCG. WE WILL ONLY COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION BY FAIR AND LAWFUL MEANS.
5. PRINCIPLE 5 - MCG SHALL NOT USE OR DISCLOSE PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN THOSE FOR WHICH IT WAS COLLECTED, EXCEPT WITH CONSENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL OR AS REQUIRED BY LAW. PERSONAL INFORMATION SHALL BE RETAINED ONLY AS LONG AS IS NECESSARY FOR THE FULFILMENT OF THOSE PURPOSES.
5.1. MCG shall retain personal information only as long as it remains necessary or relevant for the identified purposes or as required by law. In some circumstances where personal information has been utilized to make a decision about an individual, MCG shall retain that personal information for a period of time that is reasonably sufficient to allow for access by the individual.
5.2. Personal information that is no longer required to fulfill an identified purpose shall be erased, destroyed or made anonymous.
6. PRINCIPLE 6 – MCG WILL USE ITS BEST EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT PERSONAL INFORMATION IS AS ACCURATE, COMPLETE AND UP-TO-DATE AS IS NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH IT IS TO BE USED.
6.1. Personal information used by MCG shall be sufficiently accurate, complete and up-to-date to minimize the possibility that inappropriate information may be used to make a decision about an individual.
6.2. MCG shall not routinely update personal information about individuals, but only as and when necessary to fulfill the identified purposes for which the information was collected.
7. PRINCIPLE 7 – MCG WILL PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION BY SECURITY SAFEGUARDS APPROPRIATE TO THE SENSITIVITY OF THE INFORMATION.
7.1. MCG shall protect personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. MCG shall protect personal information regardless of the format in which it was held.
7.2. Nature of the safeguards taken:
(a) physical measures – building security, lock boxes, etc.;
(b) organizational measures – "need to know" basis; and
(c) technological measures – use of encryption and passwords
7.3. MCG has made its employees aware of the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of personal information by signing a Confidentiality Document as a precondition of employment.
8. PRINCIPLE 8 – MCG WILL MAKE READILY AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUALS SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT ITS POLICIES AND PRACTICES RELATING TO THE MANAGEMENT OF PERSONAL INFORMATION.
8.1. MCG shall make information regarding its policies and practices available in a form that is generally understandable, including:
(a) how to gain access to personal information held by MCG;
(b) the type of personal information held by MCG, including a general account of its use;
(c) personal information available to related organizations (affiliates); and
(d) How to contact our Privacy Officer:
Attn: Privacy Officer
Medical Communications Group Inc.
263 Labrosse Ave
Pointe-Claire QC H9R 1A3
(514) 630-7484, Ext. 231
8.2. MCG makes information about its policies and practices relating to personal information available through its web-site http://www.medcommunications.ca/en-privacy.asp , by e-mail and by regular mail, depending on the circumstances.
9. PRINCIPLE 9 – UPON WRITTEN REQUEST, MCG WILL INFORM AN INDIVIDUAL OF THE EXISTENCE, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF HIS OR HER PERSONAL INFORMATION AND WE WILL GIVE THE INDIVIDUAL ACCESS TO THAT INFORMATION. AN INDIVIDUAL CAN CHALLENGE THE ACCURACY AND COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION AND HAVE IT AMENDED AS APPROPRIATE.
9.1. MCG will respond to an individual's written request for information within 30 days of receipt of a request properly filed. We require an individual to provide sufficient information to permit us to provide an account of the existence, use and disclosure of personal information. This information shall be provided in an understandable, timely and low-cost manner from the perspective of the individual.
9.2. Should an individual successfully demonstrate any inaccuracy or omission in the records, MCG will make the appropriate amendments to the information. When a challenge is not resolved to the satisfaction of the individual, a statement of disagreement shall be attached to the individual's records. When appropriate, the existence of the unresolved challenge shall be transmitted to third parties having access to the information in question (if any).
9.3. In certain situations, MCG may not be able to provide access to all the personal information it holds about an individual. Exceptions may include information that is prohibitively costly to provide, information that contains references to other individuals, information that cannot be disclosed for legal, security, or commercial proprietary reasons, and information that is subject to solicitor-client or litigation privilege. The reasons for denying access shall be provided by MCG upon request.
10. PRINCIPLE 10 – AN INDIVIDUAL CAN ADDRESS A CHALLENGE CONCERNING COMPLIANCE WITH THE ABOVE PRINCIPLES TO THE DESIGNATED PERSON ACCOUNTABLE FOR MCG'S COMPLIANCE WITH THE POLICY.
10.1. MCG will investigate all complaints. If a complaint is found to be justified, MCG will take appropriate measures, including, if necessary, amending its policies and practices.
How to contact the Privacy Officer:
Access requests, inquiries or complaints should be addressed in writing to:
Attn: Privacy Officer
Medical Communications Group Inc.
263 Labrosse Ave
Pointe-Claire QC H9R 1A3
Fax: (514) 630-9815
Physicians Online is a physician driven program making samples and information material available to physicians on a demand basis, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Physicians Online is available to physicians in active practice seeing patients regularly at an office-based address.
Simply enter your first name, last name and postal code in the appropriate fields and tap the green Log In bar.
The system will then display the office address information on file for you and will ask you to confirm your identity
Select “YES” if this is the correct information and the system will display the items page for you to begin placing your order
If this is not the correct information for you, select “NO” then select the contact link in the upper right hand corner to reach us either by phone or email for one of our customer service representatives to help you with your file.
If you are not currently registered with the Physicians’ Hotline and would like to become a member, select the contact link in the upper right hand corner to reach us either by phone or email. One of our customer service representatives will be glad to help you.
Once you have logged in, the system will display the list of items that are currently available to you in the left hand column.
Tap on an item to select an item and to view complete details of the item.
To then order this item, simply click on the green “Add to Cart” button in the top right hand side
To search for specific items, use the Search field at the top of the items column. Tap the search field and enter text using the keyboard, then tap the Return key on the keyboard to activate the search.
If you have completed a search and wish to return to the full item listing, tap on the X symbol in the Search field.
To view the list of available items by category, tap on the Categories icon (top left side of the items column). A list of available product categories will be shown. Selecting one of the categories will display the list of items within the selected category.
To return to the full item listing, select the “All Categories” selection.
Once you have selected the items you wish to order, select the “Checkout” button on the bottom right hand side to precede to Order Confirmation.
The Order Confirmation page will display the list of items you have selected to order as well as display the office address where your order will be sent.
To remove any selected items, tap on the X next to the listed item.
To add additional items, select the Back button to return to the Items page and continue adding items to your cart
To complete the order, your signature must be captured within the Signature field. Health Canada requires a physician’s signature to obtain samples. Use your stylus to sign in the designated area.
If you have entered your signature correctly, select the Confirm button. If not, select the Clear button and capture the signature again.
Once confirmed, your order will then be processed and shipped to you within 5-10 business days.
If you should require additional help, select the contact link in the upper right hand corner to reach us either by phone or email. One of our customer service representatives will be glad to help you.