I understand that the internet is not a secure medium and that email is not a secure means of communication. I understand that many people choose not to send their health information or appointment information in this manner.
I understand that alternative modes of communication include phone, fax or dropping off documentation in person at the clinic.
I acknowledge that I am requesting the opportunity to communicate by email. I understand that in communicating in this manner that I am exposing myself or those I am responsible for to certain risks and that Valley Naturopath has no control over.
These risks include but are not limited to: interception, corruption, deletion, infection with malicious software, or delay of the sent information. In addition, employers and online services may have the legal right to inspect and retain emails that pass through their systems. It is impossible to ensure that only the desired recipient receives or can read an email, and that even after deletion the data contained within or attached to an email is not guaranteed to be destroyed.
I also accept that the security of my email system is my own responsibility.
I understand that I am responsible for informing Valley Naturopath of any types of information I or any person whom I am responsible for do not want sent by email.
Valley Naturopath will use reasonable means to protect the security and confidentiality of email information sent and received. However, Valley Naturopath cannot guarantee the security, confidentiality or accuracy of email communication. Valley Naturopath will not be liable for improper disclosure of confidential information that is not the direct result of intentional misconduct.
I understand that if verification of any information sent is required it is my responsibility to request a hard-copy version.
Although Valley Naturopath will endeavour to read and respond promptly to emails, Valley Naturopath cannot guarantee that any particular email will be read and responded to within any particular period of time. Accordingly, email should not be used for medical emergencies or other time-sensitive matters. Additionally, I acknowledge that email communication is not an appropriate substitute for clinical examinations or in-person visits.
I understand that if my email requires or invites a response from Valley Naturopath and I have not received a response within a reasonable time period, it is my responsibility to follow up to determine whether the intended recipient received the email and when the recipient will respond.
I acknowledge that I have read and fully understand the above information. I consent to communicating by email with Valley Naturopath, and I understand that I am doing so at my own risk or at the risk of anyone I am responsible for.