TeachMed Public Benefit Corporation Last Reviewed: October 7, 2020
Thank you for visiting TeachIM.org (Site), a collaborative radiology resource, and/or downloading our app, which incorporates Site content (App).
Content on the Platforms is provided for educational purposes only and is provided for use by medical professionals. It should not be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. It is not intended as, nor should it be, a substitute for independent professional medical care. We recommend that you consult your own physician regarding any diagnosis, imaging interpretation or course of treatment.
As content is submitted by individual users, TeachMed and its associates (including licensors) (Associates) cannot guarantee its accuracy and assume no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, currency, or completeness of the information.
Medical practitioners must make their own independent assessment before suggesting a diagnosis or recommending or instituting a course of treatment. The Platforms should not in any way be seen as a replacement for consultation with colleagues or other sources, or as a substitute for conventional training and study.
If you are not medically qualified and are registering as a layperson, you further acknowledge that the content on the Platforms is provided for educational purposes only, and is provided for use by medical professionals. You agree to use the information solely for your own private educational purposes and further agree not to rely on the information in any way.
Ownership and Licenses
User-contributed image content
Other than in respect of Image Content contributed by you, TeachMed grants to you a sub-license of the Image Content License to the extent necessary, and only to such an extent, for you to access and use the Platforms. Image Content (other than Image Content contributed by you) may not be modified, copied, distributed, reused, reproduced, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted, transmitted, or sold by you in any form or by any means, in whole or in part, outside the bounds of the modified CC license below, without prior written permission from the contributing user, or if the contributing user has delegated such rights to TeachMed on their Account Settings Page then from TeachMed.
So that text content you contribute to TeachMed can be readily edited by other TeachMed users it is necessary that all rights to any text content which you contribute to any Platform — including but not limited to articles, case and image descriptions, multiple-choice questions, blog posts, playlists, tutorials, and all communications you transmit to anyone through any Platform (Text Content) — become the property of TeachMed and you assign to TeachMed, free of charge and effective on making such contribution, all right, title and interest in such content (including any copyright, but excluding any non-assignable personal rights).
Unless otherwise agreed by TeachMed in writing, all such content is simultaneously licensed to you under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
You may modify Text Content in good faith and in the legitimate use of a Platform, but Text Content may not otherwise be modified, copied, distributed, reused, reproduced, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted, transmitted, or sold by you in any form or by any means, in whole or in part, outside the scope of this license, without prior written permission from TeachMed.
- has been collected by you in a diligent and professional manner and in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth);
- is de-identified such that the identity of each patient to whom Your Content relates is not identifiable or reasonably identifiable;
- comprises legitimate and original content such as, but not limited to radiographic images (CT, US, MRI, X-rays, DSA etc..), photos, diagrams and illustrations and that these have not been in any way copied from any secondary source; and
- will not infringe any third party intellectual property rights when used on, or in connection with, any Platform.
Moral rights etc
Despite any provision to the contrary at law or under the CC License, you consent to TeachMed making, and allowing third parties to make, any use of Your Content which would otherwise infringe any non-assignable personal rights which may subsist in Your Content.
Modifications to CC License
You acknowledge that each Platform is a “Collection” as defined in the CC License. You further acknowledge that the CC License is amended as follows, in respect of Your Content (irrespective of when you posted Your Content). Despite any contrary provision in the CC License:
- TeachMed will endeavor to ensure appropriate attribution is made or is not made (as the case may be), but will not be liable in any way for failing to make appropriate attribution or failing to comply with any request to remove any attribution;
- TeachMed may:
- accept commercial sponsorship;
- charge Users for registering for, accessing or using any Platform (other than the Web Platform, which will always be freely accessible) and/or for access to certain modules of Image Content and Text Content on any Platform (other than the Web Platform);
Fair Use of Content
The intention of TeachMed and the CC License is to facilitate the ability of individuals to teach each other. You may, therefore, use selected Text Content and User Generated Image Content in accordance with the CC License (abiding by Attribution, Non-commercial and Share-Alike provisions) for teaching and other non-commercial educational activities. This does not extend, however, to copying entire sections of the site for reproduction in other websites or mediums.
Scraping or otherwise automated copying of content
TeachMed is not designed or intended to be used as an imaging data-set for Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence research, nor is it available for bulk download using an automated script or robot or any other process whereby many cases are downloaded in bulk. If such access is desired please contact us by writing to license@teachIM.org.
We reserve the right to block any unauthorized automated access and to take any other measures deemed necessary to protect the intellectual property rights of the content contributed by users and the stable operation of the website.
Platform Intellectual Property Rights
All rights in all software, designs, arrangements, graphics pertaining to the Platforms belong to TeachMed.
All trademarks, product names, and company names and/or logos displayed on the Platforms are either trademarks or registered trademarks of TeachMed or its Associates and may not be reproduced, imitated, or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of TeachMed. All page headers, custom graphics, button icons, and logos are service marks, trademarks and/or trade dress of TeachMed or its Associates and may not be reproduced, imitated, or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of TeachMed.
In using any Platform, you agree:
- to comply with all policies of TeachMed or its Associates contained in, or referred to on, the Platform or as otherwise communicated to you by or on behalf of TeachMed from time to time;
- not to disrupt or interfere with the security of, or otherwise abuse, the Platform, or any services, system resources, software, accounts, servers or networks connected to or accessible through the Platform or affiliated or linked Web sites;
- not to disrupt or interfere with any other user's enjoyment of the Platforms or affiliated or linked Web sites;
- not to upload, post, or otherwise transmit through or on the Platform any viruses or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files;
- not to use or attempt to use another's account, service or system without authorization from TeachMed, or create or use a false identity on the Platform;
- not to transmit through or on the Platform spam, chain letters, junk mail or any other type of unsolicited mass email to people or entities who have not agreed to be part of such mailings;
- not to divulge your username and password to others either on or off the Platform;
- not to attempt to obtain unauthorized access to any aspect of the Platform which is restricted from general access; and
- not use the Platform to seek, provide or obtain specific medical advice, medical opinion, diagnosis or treatment as applied to any person’s particular condition or situation.
In addition, you agree that you are solely responsible for actions and communications undertaken or transmitted under your account, and that you will comply with all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations when using any Platform.
Online Communities and Other Interactive Areas
The Platforms contain areas where you may post and share comments with other persons on a variety of subjects. You agree that you will not post or otherwise disseminate on or through any Platform unlawful, defamatory, harassing, libelous, tortious, abusive, offensive, threatening, or obscene communications or material of any kind, or materials which infringe or violate any third party's copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy or other proprietary or property right, or that could constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable law or regulation or, that are otherwise objectionable, including without limitation, content that demonstrates bigotry, racism, sexism, or hatred, or that promotes illegal activities, including without limitation unauthorized uses of medical devices, or physical harm against anyone. TeachMed reserves the right but not the obligation to remove any materials it deems objectionable, in its sole discretion and without any reference to you. You agree to hold harmless TeachMed and its Associates from all claims from third parties based upon communications made or materials posted by you or upon your abuse of any Platform.
You expressly agree that you will not discuss or refer to any patient, any particular patient's medical condition or any other information which could identify a particular patient. You further expressly agree that you will not discuss, endorse or refer to “off-label” uses of medical products, including any uses which have not been approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or another applicable regulatory agency.
Notice of Inappropriate Use
Last Reviewed: October 7, 2020
Our commitment to privacy
The information we collect about you
User Information is information that is provided by you to us when you register online for any Platform, including your:
- Username and password
- First name
- Position title (professional)
- Email address
Additional information including, but not limited to, your city, institution(s), qualifications and spelling preference (e.g. UK or US English) may be collected by us if you elect to enter that information during the registration process or subsequently by editing your account settings page. Information regarding how you interact with the Platforms may also be collected by us and linked to your account, including, but not limited to, the number of cases uploaded, edited or otherwise contributed by you.
Every computer connected to the Internet is associated with a unique numerical identifier, known as an Internet Protocol address (IP Address). When you access our services via any Platform, our servers need to know your IP Address, which is sent automatically when information is requested by you (e.g. web page showing a particular patient case contained on the TeachIM.org website).
Usage Data includes general information about how you interact with the web pages and websites on the Platforms. This is collected using cookies (or similar technologies) placed by us and others (see ‘Who the information is shared with’ below). Cookies are small pieces of data sent from a website and stored in a web browser, and which may assign an anonymous identifier to the user. Usage Data includes:
- pages you visited on our websites
- how you came to the website (e.g. via our newsletter)
- which particular buttons or links on the site you clicked
- whether you have been to the site before
- where you are located (city and country)
- inferences that we draw from cookies placed on your browser
The way we use information
If you are a registered user, we also publish your User Information, excluding your email address, on your profile contained within the Platforms. Other users may contact you via a ‘contact user’ link in your profile. However, when this link is activated and a communication window opens, your email address remains hidden to the user.
We may also use your User Information in the ways described below.
We use Usage Data to understand the online behavior of our users. Using web analytics services on the Platforms enables us to measure, collect, analyze and report on Usage Data for the purposes of understanding and optimizing users’ experiences on the Platforms. It also enables us to focus our marketing activities, which, in turn, help us to develop the Platforms.
Geographical location information contained in the Usage Data enables us to tailor your experience on the Platforms by displaying different content based on your location, such as local advertising offers, and content in your local language.
Who we share the information with
Usage Data is also either collected directly by, or disclosed to, certain other providers during the course of a session using any Platform for use by those other providers for a range of purposes, including to:
- distribute direct marketing materials from TeachMed (such as via MailChimp)
- connect to social networks (such as via links to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other platforms within the Platforms)
- pay commission to our affiliates (see below)
We share User Information when you have opted in to receive direct marketing material (e.g. via Customer.io) and, if you are a registered user, to other users of the Platforms via your user profile.
Over the past 12 months, we have disclosed personal information to third parties for the following purposes (note that not all of these will apply to everyone):
- targeting advertising
- distributing direct marketing materials from Radipaedia using third-party providers (for example, MailChimp)
- collecting information necessary to pay commission to our affiliates (see below)
- connecting your account to third-party payment providers (such as Stripe.com; only if you have chosen to do so by becoming a TeachMed Supporter or purchasing a course)
There also may be times when we are legally required to disclose personal data, such as to regulators, law enforcement bodies, government agencies, courts or other third parties where we think it’s necessary to comply with applicable laws and regulations, or to exercise our legal rights.
TeachMed never sells its email lists or customer information.
Information Transferred or Stored Overseas
Many of those other providers are located overseas and Usage Data disclosed to them may be stored on servers located overseas. Similarly, while we operate out of Australia and may store Usage Information and Usage Data on servers located there, some may be stored on servers located overseas and/or managed by third parties.
When we do transfer data, we will make sure that there are appropriate safeguards in place to protect your personal data.
For individuals in the European Union (EU), this means that your personal data will be transferred outside of the EU. EU personal data will only be transferred to countries that have been identified as providing adequate protection for EU data (such as New Zealand) or to a third party where we have approved transfer mechanisms in place – this means that we have either entered into an appropriate Data Processing Agreement or by ensuring that the entity has appropriate data protection in place.
For further information about how each of the other providers referred to above handles personal information (which may include your Usage Data and User Information), we recommend that you visit their respective websites and read their respective privacy policies.
A Note on Affiliate Links
Our Platforms contain various affiliate marketing links, which mean that we may be paid commission on sales of the products and services that are listed on those Platforms. These links do not influence the editorial content posted on the Platforms in any way.
When you click on an affiliate link, a cookie is placed to help optimize the affiliate program. Some Usage Data is sent to our affiliate partners.
Anonymity of cases/images
If you become aware of any case from which you feel you (as a patient) or another person is reasonably identifiable, please contact us immediately at privacy@teachIM.org.
Information which should NOT appear on any patient cases uploaded to any Platform (based on HIPAA guidelines) includes, but is not limited to:
- date of birth
- address, including full or partial postal code
- telephone or fax numbers or contact information
- e-mail addresses
- unique identifying numbers (e.g. UR, MRN, HID etc..)
- vehicle identifiers
- medical device identifiers (e.g serial numbers)
- web or internet protocol addresses containing any link to the patient
- biometric data
- facial photograph or comparable image
- names of relatives
- date of the study
Additionally, if a case is, for one reason or another, unique in such a way that could lead to the identification of an individual from the images alone, then it should not be uploaded. This means that a case which has, for example, been featured in the media or shows particularly rare symptoms is usually inappropriate for upload. Similarly, the textual information accompanying the text should also be devoid of identifying information, and devoid of other unnecessary information which could aid in the identification of a patient.
Our commitment to data security
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
How you can access or correct your information or opt-out
Online tracking by Us and Third Parties
Please note that at present we do not change what we do based on whether you have the Do Not Track setting (if available) enabled in your web browser and that setting will not prevent us from collecting Usage Data or authorizing other providers to do so.
Cookies, Your say and How to ‘Opt-out'
You can contact us to request access to the User Information, and any other personal information, that we may hold. We will respond to your request within a reasonable period (and if you are in the European Union, within 30 days) and provide you with access, except in certain limited circumstances. You may request us to correct any personal information that is not accurate, up-to-date, complete, and relevant or is misleading, and we will change it where reasonable to do so.
For further information about access and correction, or if you have any complaints or concerns about how we manage your User Information or Usage Data, please contact us at the details provided below.
If you no longer wish us to process your User Information, Usage Data or IP Address Details for certain purposes, you can do any or all of the following:
- opt-out of receiving online communications from us by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of the newsletter, advertisement or other communication (as applicable)
- delete existing cookies from your web browser and/or disable cookies on your computer and/or other devices (as appropriate). Depending on the particular browser you are using (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox), this can usually be done on your computer by accessing your ‘Browsing History’ through the ‘Settings’ or ‘Options’ menu (or equivalent) in your web browser, or if you are using a different device, then in the ‘Settings’ for that device. If you do not disable cookies in your web browser, and you subsequently visit our website, fresh cookies are likely to be placed and you may need to repeat the process of deleting existing cookies
- alter your ad preference settings in each of Google and Facebook, and on the platforms of other providers, if you have access to do so
- opt-out of the collection of Usage Data via any Platform by third parties who are members of the Digital Advertising Alliance (aboutads.info/choices and aboutads.info/PMC) or Network Advertising Initiative (networkadvertising.org/choices/#completed) and following the appropriate prompts
If you disable cookies in your web browser, delete existing cookies, or take other steps to ‘opt-out’, the Platforms may not work properly and your experience with the Platforms will be less personalized and may be less enjoyable. Deleting existing cookies from your web browser may also cause it to lose recorded information for other websites, such as previously used usernames and passwords.
Your withdrawal of consent for us to use your information for certain purposes may mean that we can no longer provide the Platforms to you.
Your personal data belongs to you, and you have the right to:
- know what personal data we hold about you
- make sure that all personal data is correct and up-to-date
- ask us to correct any personal data
- object to our continued processing of your personal data
If you no longer wish to receive any online communications, just let us know by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of any marketing communication we send you.
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible (and in any event within 45 days).
Links and Third-Party Content
Links to Other Web Sites
The Platforms may (from time to time) contain links to other Web sites. These links are provided as a convenience and do not constitute an endorsement, sponsorship (except in the case of “the sponsor” clearly identified) or recommendation by TeachMed of or affiliation or association of TeachMed with or responsibility of TeachMed for the linked Web sites or any content, Platforms or products available on or through such sites. If you decide to visit any linked site, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses or other destructive elements.
Links do not imply that TeachMed is, or its Associates are, legally authorized to use any trademark, trade name, product name, company name or logo displayed in or accessible through the links, or that any linked site is authorized to use any trademark, trade name, product name, company name or logo of ours or of any Provider.
Users must not post links to other Web sites, except when in the form of a link to a reference textbook or journal in the reference field of articles. TeachMed reserves the right to remove, in its absolute discretion, any and all links from any part of any Platform.
Links from Other Web Sites
TeachMed must approve all links to the Site in writing, except that TeachMed consents to links in which:
- the link, when activated by a user, displays the Site full-screen and not within a “frame” on the linked Web site, and
- the appearance, position, and other aspects of the link do not (i) create the false appearance that an entity or its activities or products are associated with or sponsored by TeachMed or its Associates, or (ii) be such as to damage or dilute the goodwill associated with the name and trademarks of TeachMed or its Associates.
In any event, you agree that TeachMed reserves the right to withdraw this consent to link without reason or notice and at any time and you further undertake to delete any link for which TeachMed's consent has been withdrawn.
The Platforms may (from time to time) contain material, data or information provided, posted or offered by third parties, including advertisements or postings in online community discussions. You agree, to the maximum extent permitted by law, that neither TeachMed nor its Associates shall have any liability whatsoever to you for any such third party material, data or information.
Disclaimers and Limitations of Liability
To the maximum extent permitted by law, you expressly agree that:
- your use of any platform is at your sole risk;
- except as otherwise expressly agreed in writing, TeachMed and its associates expressly disclaim any implied or express representations or warranties of any kind relating to the use of the platforms;
- without limiting the foregoing, TeachMed and its associates assume no responsibility for, and make no warranty or representation:
- as to the accuracy, currency, completeness, reliability or usefulness of, any information obtained through use of any Platform (including any advice, opinion, statement or other content or any products or services distributed or made available by third parties through any Platform);
- that confidentiality of information transmitted through any Platform will be maintained;
- that any Platform will be of merchantable quality, fit for a particular purpose or meet your requirements;
- that any access to, or use of, any Platform will:
- not infringe any rights (including intellectual property rights) of any third party; or
- be free of defects, viruses, or anything else (such as worms or Trojan horses) that may interfere with or damage the operations of a computer system;
- be uninterrupted or error-free or;
- you must take your own precautions to ensure that whatever you select for your use from any platform is free of defects, viruses or anything else (such as worms or trojan horses) that may interfere with or damage the operations of a computer system; and
- TeachMed and its associates are not liable to you or anyone else if interference with or damage to your computer system occurs in connection with your use of any platform
Limitation of Liability
- if the breach relates to goods
- the replacement of the goods or supply of equivalent goods;
- the repair of such goods;
- the payment of the cost of replacing the goods or of acquiring equivalent goods; or
- the payment of the cost of having the goods repaired; and
- if the breach relates to services:
- the supplying of the services again; or
- the payment of the cost of having the services supplied again.
To the maximum extent permitted by law TeachMed and its associates exclude all liability to any person for loss or damage of any kind (howsoever caused, including by negligence) arising from or relating in any way to any access to or use of any platform (including liability for any special, indirect, consequential or incidental damages, including, damages for loss of profits or revenues, business interruption, loss of programs or other data or costs of replacement goods, or otherwise, even if same have been expressly advised of the possibility of such loss or damages).
TeachMed may, as it sees fit, for any reason or for no reason at all, without liability to you or any third party, terminate your account or your access to any App Platform. If we exercise any such termination right we will send an e-mail to the e-mail address recorded on your Account Settings Page and termination will be effective upon us sending that e-mail (and will be considered effective even if the e-mail is not delivered for any reason).
You may terminate your account for any reason at any time by sending an email clearly requesting that your account be terminated to info@teachIM.org and we will implement your request promptly.
Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction
Effective Date, Amendment and Severability
How to find out about changes to these terms
You will not be notified of updates to this agreement for the following insubstantial changes: spelling mistakes, typos, grammatical changes and typographical changes provided these do not change the meaning of the Terms.
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