Website Contents and Use
This Website provides users with access to a wide variety of resources including, but not limited to, article summaries, clinical and reference tools, continuing education activities, communication tools, discussion forums and a meeting calendar. No standard of care currently exists for the management of chronic pain. The Website includes suggested tools and content for improved practice and pain management and are not necessarily endorsed by the clinical advisors, MediCom Worldwide, Inc. or education grantors. Please remember that all of the information available through this Website is intended for licensed adult healthcare professionals. The information contained within this Website is not meant to serve as a substitute for your own clinical judgment as a healthcare professional. This Website does not provide medical advice.
This Website is not intended for consumers. If you are a consumer who chooses to use the healthcare professional-level information available through this Website, you should not rely on that information as professional medical advice or use it to replace any relationship with your physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For any medical questions, consumers should always consult their physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.
We follow a standard set of content review and validation procedures for information that we make available through this Website. However, we never offer you any warranty or guarantee related to information contained on this Website. You must personally evaluate the information from this Website. Healthcare professionals should always exercise your professional judgment in evaluating any information, and we encourage you to confirm the information made available or otherwise obtained through this Website with other sources before undertaking implementing any treatment or practice-related changes. The use of this Website is at your own risk, and this Website and the content are provided on an "AS IS" basis. Some information made available through this Website may be provided by our users. We are not responsible for that information. Whether the information is provided by us or our user, we are not liable for any damages resulting from your use of the information made available through this Website. While we welcome your feedback regarding this Website, we must make the final decisions about the content made available through this Website. You can use the Contact Us, Discuss or Feedback Link available on this Website to send us comments. If you are dissatisfied with our response or with the content of this Website, please do not use this Website.
Content and Other Information
All medical information presented on this Website has disclosure of authorship. We follow a standard set of content review and validation procedures to ensure that all new content is reviewed by one or more of the ESP Clinical Advisors and/or Faculty. The content of this Website and other information accessible on this Website, including, but not limited to, educational materials, scientific content, graphic designs, video, audio, photographic or literary content (the "Information") is owned by or licensed to MediCom, its faculty, or certain third parties. This Information is provided to you solely for your personal use, in conjunction with MediCom-sponsored lectures or events. You may not access or use this Information for commercial, or any other purposes that may be reasonably considered to be in competition with MediCom's services. You may not modify, republish, post, transmit or distribute any information without the express written consent of MediCom. You may copy this information only for your personal use. MediCom expressly retains all rights, titles and interest in and to any Information. Failure to adhere to these provisions could subject you to penalties under federal intellectual property law.
When you register for this MediCom Website, you must provide true, accurate and complete registration information. As part of the registration process, you will be asked to select a username and password and you will be responsible for all activities occurring under your username and for keeping your password secure.
To comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, at this time MediCom is only available to users who are at least 18 years old. If you are under 18, you may not register to use this MediCom Website service.
Links to Other Websites and Advertising
Usually, we don't mind if you include a simple link from your Website to our Website. However, you must first ask our permission if you intend to frame our Website, the contents, tools and information or incorporate pieces of it into a different site or product in such a way that is not clear to our users that we are the source of the content. You are not allowed to link to us if you engage in the publication or promotion of illegal, obscene, or offensive content, or if the link in any way negatively impacts on our reputation.
This Website does not host any advertisements of any kind nor does it receive any funding from any advertising whatsoever. This Website may reference or contain links to other Websites. Please be advised that this Website does not endorse any products or services directly or indirectly of any of the sites linked to this Website, nor do we endorse any advertisement provided or referenced by those linked third-party Websites.
Information that You Provide to Our Service
We make some software and accompanying documentation available for downloading through our Website. These materials are the copyrighted work of MediCom or companies that have licensed the software to us. We do not transfer any ownership rights in software or related documentation to you when you download it through our Website; rather, you are allowed to use the software and documentation under the terms of the license agreement. You must read this license agreement and indicate your agreement to those terms prior to downloading. You are not authorized to attempt to recreate or reverse engineer our software. In addition, some software available through our Website is subject to United States export controls. By downloading or using such software, you are representing to us that your download of such software complies with these controls.
We offer to our users several tools that allow you to record and store information. You are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to ensure that no unauthorized person shall have access to your passwords or accounts. You are responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. It is your sole responsibility to (1) control the dissemination and use of activation codes and passwords; (2) authorize, monitor, and control access to and use of your account and password; (3) promptly inform us of any need to deactivate a password. You grant us and all other persons or entities involved in the operation of this Website the right to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store, and use your information in connection with the operation of this Website. MediCom cannot and does not assume any responsibility or liability for any information you submit, or your or third parties' use or misuse of information transmitted or received using our tools and Website.
Member Conduct when Using Community and Communication Services
If you use a "Community and Communication Service," such as forum or bulletin boards, discussions, the meetings calendar, or any other community activities, then all communications, information, data, text, music, sound, graphics, messages and other material (the "Content") are your responsibility and you are responsible for all Content that you upload, post, transmit, email or otherwise distribute via the Community and Communication Service. MediCom and its licensors are not responsible for the consequences of the Content posted via the Community and Communication Service and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using the Community and Communication Service, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive or objectionable. In no event will MediCom be liable in any way for any Content or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content uploaded, posted, transmitted, emailed or otherwise made available via the Community and Communication Service. In cases where you feel threatened or believe someone else is in danger, you should contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
When you use the Community and Communication Service, you agree not to:
- Violate local, state, national, or international laws;
- Post, upload, email, transmit or otherwise distribute any Content that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others;
- Post, upload, email, transmit or otherwise distribute any Content that is unlawful, harmful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by MediCom in its sole discretion;
- Harm minors in any way;
- Post advertisements or solicitations of business;
- Forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Community and Communication Service;
- Post, upload, email, transmit or otherwise distribute chain letters, pyramid schemes, unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or spam;
- Impersonate another person or business entity or stalk or otherwise harass another person;
- Post, upload, email, transmit or otherwise distribute viruses or other harmful computer code designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the use of any computer software or hardware;
- Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including email addresses, without their identification for posting or viewing comments;
- Allow any other person or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments;
- Interfere with or disrupt the Community and Communication Service or computers, networks or other hardware connected to the Community and Communication Service, or disregard any requirements or policies of networks connected to the Community and Communication Service;
- Engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Community and Communication Service, or which, in the judgment of MediCom, exposes MediCom or any of its customers or suppliers to any liability or detriment of any type;
- Fail to respect other users' privacy. This includes revealing another user's password, phone number, address, instant messenger I.D. or address or any other personally identifiable information;
- Create member names, or post solicit or send messages, text or photographs that are sexually explicit, that denigrate, threaten, abuse or harm others in any way; or
- Upload, post, email or otherwise send any Content that you are not authorized to send under any law or contractual relationship. This includes proprietary and confidential information learned as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements, and any other inside information.
MediCom may (but is not obligated) do any or all of the following without notice:
- Record or pre-screen the dialogue in public chat rooms;
- Investigate an allegation that a communication(s) do(es) not conform to the terms of this section and determine in its sole discretion to remove or request the removal of the Content;
- Edit Content.
You agree and acknowledge that the processing and transmission of the Community and Communication Service, including your Content, may involve transmissions over various networks and devices and necessary modifications as required for such transmissions.
U.S. Government End Users
If you are affiliated with the U.S. government, then you should know that the software and documentation available on our Websites are "commercial items," as that term is defined in 48 C.F.R. 2.101 (October 1995), consisting of "commercial computer software" and "commercial computer software documentation," as such terms are used in 48 C.F.R. 12.212 (September 1995). Consistent with 48 C.F.R. 12.212 and 48 C.F.R. 227.7202-1 through 27.7202-4 (June 1995), all U.S. government end users acquire the software and documentation with only those rights set forth herein.
MediCom works with a variety of third parties to provide content available on this Website. These third parties include content providers, technology providers, and grantors. Third parties may supply information for posting on, or access through, this Website and do not control the content or operation of this Website. This Website is funded through independent educational grants, which do not control the content or operation of this Website.
MediCom considers your personal registration information, i.e., your address, telephone number, email address, and similar information, to be private and such personal information is used solely by MediCom for the purposes of communicating with you regarding the Website, providing you with information or services based on your request, and awarding appropriate Continuing Medical, Nursing, or Pharmacy Education credit as earned. We will not disclose or supply your private personal registration information collected on this Website to any third party.
You may choose to disclose or not disclose the private information we request during the registration process; however, if you choose not to disclose the requested information, we will be unable to process your continuing education credit or provide you with some or all of the accredited activities offered by the Website you request.
If you do not wish to receive certain communications from MediCom, you may have the ability to opt out by declining this Website communications offered or by informing us that you no longer wish to receive such communications. We will comply with your request unless such communications are necessary to the administration of your account, required by law, or necessary to protect our rights.
MediCom uses commercially acceptable and reasonable efforts to limit the disclosure of private information. We may disclose your private information to accrediting organizations and other third parties that we work with to the extent necessary to fulfill your requests for services, information, and continuing education credit.
If you do nothing during your visit to this Website but browse or download information, MediCom may automatically collect and store the standard data collected by all Web server software. A domain name or Internet Protocol (IP) address is not considered personal information. That information includes: (i) the IP address and domain name used (but not the email address) [the IP address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet IP to respond to your browser request]; (ii) the domain name (DNS) assigned on the Internet to your IP Address (if there is one (i.e., yourname.com); (iii) the type of browser and operating system you used. Example: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible: MSIE 4.01: Windows NT; IE4WDUS-1998101501); (iv) the date and time you visited this site; (v) the Web pages or services you accessed at this site; and (vi) the Website you visited prior to coming to this Website. (Note: this is included so that summary analysis can be done on how visitors get to this site, i.e., from a search engine, from a link on another site, etc.) MediCom summarizes this information to determine how often our pages are being used. For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this Website may monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. If security monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, system personnel may provide the results of such monitoring to appropriate officials. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the state law and federal statutes, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.
MediCom is not responsible for ensuring the validity of any continuing education credits, ensuring the sufficiency of credits for license renewal, or ensuring accuracy or completeness of personal transcripts.
Disclaimer of Warranty
MediCom does not warrant that this Website or any services or information made available on or through this Website, including without limitation any third-party software, products, items or other materials used in connection with this Website, will be timely, secure, uninterrupted or error-free, or that defects will be corrected.
Any information downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of this Website is done at your own discretion and risk. You shall be solely responsible for damage or loss of data that results from the downloading or use of the information, and for any results or lack of results from the use of such data.
Limits of Liability
You agree that, in no event shall MediCom be liable for any claims or losses whatsoever of any kind, whether direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive, and whether arising from an action in contract, tort, or otherwise related to, or in connection with, this Website or any services or information made available on or through this Website. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, MediCom shall not be liable for any claims or losses in connection with errors, omissions, or inaccuracies of information content accessible through the Website.
Your sole remedy for any claims in connection with this Website is to discontinue using this Website and the related content and services. The foregoing limitation shall apply and survive, notwithstanding, any failure of essential purpose of any remedy.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless MediCom from any and all claims or losses arising from your use of or reliance on this Website, or any services or information made available on or through this Website.
This Legal Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to any conflict of laws and provisions. The parties hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of, and agree that venue is proper and convenient in the state and federal courts situated in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
If any provision of this Legal Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, then such provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to affect the intent of this Legal Agreement, and the remainder of this Legal Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
The failure of MediCom to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Legal Agreement will not be deemed a waiver of such right or provision.
The provisions of this Legal Agreement, which by their nature would continue beyond termination or expiration of this Legal Agreement, shall survive such termination or expiration.
Revision date: This document was last updated on March 16, 2009