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Personal Information Collection and Use
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) refers to any information that identifies or can be used to identify or contact the person. This includes, but is not limited to, name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and similar data.
The AOA does not collect PII about you except when you provide the information on a voluntary basis. The AOA collects the PII that you provide. The AOA may use the PII provided by you to conduct research, to improve this site, and to provide services to you. The AOA will disclose your PII to third parties when necessary for the provision of services to you, for the protection of others, and when required by law.
Aggregate information is information in summary form that does not contain PII. The AOA uses and allows third parties to use aggregate information to aid in the development or implementation of programs, products and services.
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The AOA uses IP addresses (i.e., information that identifies the location of computers or networks on the Internet that are accessing this website) to analyze trends, administer the site, track a user’s movements through the site, and gather broad information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to PII.
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Collection of AOA Physician Data
The AOA is the major source of information about osteopathic medicine and the important role of osteopathic physicians. Shortly after it was founded, the AOA conducted its first Census of the Osteopathic Medical Profession and published the results in its first Directory. The AOA has now organized its unique data resources into the AOA Masterfile, and will continue to use its data to promote this important profession.
The AOA collects data on all osteopathic medical students and osteopathic physicians, including those who are not AOA members. Osteopathic physicians are physicians who have graduated from medical schools accredited by the AOA. Each physician’s record includes demographic information, osteopathic medical school, postgraduate information, and current practice information.
Demographic information includes gender, date of birth, mailing address and other contact information. Current practice information includes type of practice, self-identified specialty, licensure, and AOA board certification. Physicians may also ask the AOA to verify certain types of non-osteopathic postgraduate medical education, which then becomes part of their physician record.
The AOA obtains educational information only from primary sources. It obtains demographic information from osteopathic medical schools. The AOA also obtains address information from commercial sources and from other members of the osteopathic family, which includes osteopathic medical schools, state associations and specialty colleges.
The AOA also collects data on those who are not DOs but who are members of the AOA, such as auxiliary members and associate members.
The AOA Masterfile documents trends in the osteopathic medical profession and the important role osteopathic physicians serve in health care. It benefits the practicing physician by providing an easy way for the public, hospitals and licensing boards to verify credentials.
While data verification and authentication are the Masterfile’s primary purpose, the AOA shares limited information with other members of the osteopathic family, and licenses portions of its Masterfile to selected licensees. Both operate under carefully restricted information usage agreements. The AOA does not release home addresses to licensees when we have a business address.
Licensees work with many health care related companies that offer a wide range of products and services for physicians and the larger medical community. They include:
- Medical and professional journals
- Drug recall and safety information
- Continuing medical education programs
- Physician credential verification services
- Drug samples and pharmaceutical information
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Employment opportunities
- General practice-related commercial offers of interest to physicians as consumers
The AOA takes every precaution to protect our information. We use SSL encryption to protect information online. We also do everything in our power to protect our database off-line. All information is restricted in our offices. Employees must use password-protected screens when they enter the database. The server we store personally identifiable information on is kept in a secure environment. We obtain educational information only from primary sources and the ability to change any information in the Masterfile is restricted to a small number of employees.
The AOA invites you to contact the Customer Resource Center 1-800-621-1773, Extension 1, to change your contact status. These changes become effective immediately.