General Terms and Conditions
By using SOBERLINK HEALTHCARE LLC’s and its affiliates, subsidiaries, parents, sister concerns and related companies (“SOBERLINK”, “SOBERLINK® “, “us”, “our” or “we”) websites, SOBERLINK’s Monitoring Web Portal, devices, applications including, but not limited to, Soberlink’s monitoring services, testing capabilities, account management features and applications (collectively, the “Service(s)”), or by agreeing to these General Terms and Conditions” (“T&Cs”), you (the “customer”, “client”, “Concerned Party” (where applicable) or the person who is using the Soberlink® device and/or Service (the “User”)) agree to be bound by these T&Cs. Except as expressly set forth herein, we may modify the T&Cs at our sole discretion and such modification shall be effective upon the earlier of notice to you or revised T&C’s being posted at General Terms and Conditions. You accept modification to the T&Cs by continuing to use the SOBERLINK® device, by continuing to use our Service, or by continuing to pay for the SOBERLINK® device.
The SOBERLINK® device is intended to be utilized as an assessment tool and screening device. Unless specifically agreed in writing by SOBERLINK, we will not analyze or interpret the testing results, reporting histories, or provide an opinion as to whether the User had consumed alcohol. It is the responsibility of the User, if required, to retain a monitoring agency or third party to review, analyze, interpret or adjudicate testing results and related data. There is a direct relationship between the concentration of alcohol in the blood and in the breath. Consumed alcohol is absorbed in the blood stream and exchanged to the breath in the deep lung region. Through a calculated conversion, the SOBERLINK® device measures alcohol in the body by its concentration in the breath, also known as breath alcohol concentration (“BrAC”). The concentration of alcohol is subject to the User’s compliance with the Precautions and may further be subject to applicable procedures set by the Concerned Parties, monitoring agencies and governing authorities. BrAC depends on a number of variables including, but not limited to, the amount of alcohol consumed, environmental influences, the rate at which alcohol was consumed, body size, age, physical health and the rate of which the User metabolizes alcohol.
The SOBERLINK® device utilizes a professional grade fuel cell sensor. The SOBERLINK® device is calibrated during manufacturing using advanced alcohol calibration equipment. Known alcohol concentrations are passed through the fuel-cell sensor to set baseline values for testing. The accuracy of breathalyzers can fluctuate after twelve (12) months of normal use, depending on operating conditions and the number of tests performed. The SOBERLINK® device tracks the number of tests performed. Soberlink will notify the User, Concerned Party and/or other authorized Contacts when the SOBERLINK® device is ready for recalibration.
- Wait at least twenty (20) minutes after drinking, eating, or smoking before using the SOBERLINK® device. Failure to observe this waiting period may cause inaccurate readings and damage the SOBERLINK® device’s fuel cell sensor.
- Avoid using the SOBERLINK® device in the presence of substances that contain methyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, acetone or any other outside agent that contains alcohol or similar substances, or ingest such substances twenty (20) minutes before using the SOBERLINK® device. These substances or agents may interfere with test results and yield a false positive, or unreliable, report. In most instances, positive test results attributed to a foreign substance or outside agent will dissipate shortly after the initial test, and subsequent retesting will yield test results of 0.00 BrAC. In the event of a positive test result believed to be caused by a foreign substance or outside agent, User must continue to retest until there is a compliant result. Failing to retest as prompted may be considered a violation of applicable procedures set by the Concerned Parties, monitoring agencies and governing authorities. Examples of common foreign substances or outside agents that may influence test results include, but are not limited to: certain prescription drugs; certain medications and herbal remedies; medicinal alcohol; household cleaners and disinfectants; lotions; body washes; perfumes; colognes; toothpaste; breath fresheners; hand sanitizers; or other alcohol-based hygiene products and inhalants.
- Prevent outside agents such as perfume, alcohol based substances or hand sanitizers from being stored near the SOBERLINK® device at all times.
- Do not blow smoke, food, or liquids into the SOBERLINK® device, as this will damage the sensor.
- Do not tamper with, obstruct, or damage the SOBERLINK® device.
- Remove sunglasses and headwear during the testing process.
- Remain standing during the testing process.
- Hold the SOBERLINK® device eye level and look directly into the device’s camera lens.
- Do not hold onto the SOBERLINK® device’s mouthpiece during testing or permit any item to block User’s ability to breathe into the SOBERLINK® device.
- Do not test in areas with strong winds, smoke, or in areas where large amounts of alcohol is being consumed.
- Do not use the SOBERLINK® device in temperatures below 32 ºF or above 104 ºF.
- If a breath test result is out of compliance, the SOBERLINK® device will warn of retest requirement and the User will receive a text message prompting to retest.
- SOBERLINK and any and all manufacturers, retailers, distributors and sellers of SOBERLINK® devices make no warranties, express or implied, as to the ability of the SOBERLINK® device to determine whether a user of this device is legally intoxicated and SOBERLINK expressly disclaims any liability for incidental, special, or consequential damages of any nature.
- Decisions and/or actions based upon the reading of the SOBERLINK® device shall be entirely at the User and Concerned Party’s (if any) own risk.
- SOBERLINK and any and all manufacturers, retailers, distributors, service providers and sellers of SOBERLINK® devices make no warranties, express or implied, that any modification or adjustment thereof is a legal protector or evidence or defense against any police or public procedure or judicial or investigative proceedings in any jurisdiction.
- SOBERLINK and any and all manufacturers, retailers, service providers or sellers of SOBERLINK® devices assume no responsibility for Users who test negative and later show that they are under the influence of alcohol or are proven to be intoxicated by alcohol.
- SOBERLINK incorporates by this reference all exclusions, limitations and disclaimers set forth in the Warranty Section below and any additional exclusions, limitations and disclaimers that may be promulgated by us from time to time.
Acceptable forms of payment to SOBERLINK are electronic funds transfer (“EFT” or “ACH”) or credit or debit card transactions (EFT, ACH and credit or debit card transactions collectively, “Payment Method”), unless otherwise agreed by Soberlink. You agree to provide current a Payment Method in order to utilize the SOBERLINK® device and Service and permit us to charge against such Payment Method for the use of the SOBERLINK® device or the provision of the Service. Approved credit or debit card companies may be modified at our sole discretion. If funds to which you are not entitled are deposited into your account, you authorize the initiation of a correction (debit) entry electronically or by any other commercially accepted method. If your Payment Method changes, you agree that you will promptly update your Payment Method information and provide any additional authorization that may be necessary to process your payment. If a payment is not successfully settled, due to expiration, insufficient funds, or otherwise, and you do not edit your Payment Method or cancel your account (see, “Cancellation Policy” below), you remain responsible for any uncollected amounts and authorize us to continue billing the Payment Method, as it may be updated. This Payment Method authorization is to remain in full force and effect until SOBERLINK has received written request of termination, upon which we are granted thirty (30) days or reasonable opportunity to complete your request.
By the use of the SOBERLINK® device and/or the provision of the Service, and providing or designating a Payment Method, you authorize SOBERLINK to charge you periodical and/or recurring monthly fees, and any other charges you may incur in connection with your use of the Service to your Payment Method, until cancelled in writing by you. You acknowledge that the amount billed each month may vary from month to month for reasons that may include differing days per month, promotional offers, and/or changing or adding a Service, and you authorize us to charge your Payment Method for such varying amounts, which may be billed monthly in one or more charges.
The following schedule of fees is listed at a base rate and may be overridden by any written agreement between you and SOBERLINK. Any base rate may be modified, terminated or discontinued at our sole discretion at any time without notice. Any modification, termination or discontinuation shall be effective upon the billing cycle immediately following the modification, termination or discontinuation.
|Fee Name||Description||Base Rate|
|Daily Monitoring Fee||Includes all web portal features, automation, cloud storage and future upgrades. A fee is incurred for every day the SOBERLINK® device is active on the monitoring web portal or as otherwise provided in any agreement between you and us.||See Purchasing Agreement|
|Recalibration Fee||At 1,500 tests the SOBERLINK® device can be recalibrated by SOBERLINK. Soberlink will notify the User, Concerned Party and/or other authorized Contacts when the SOBERLINK® device reaches 1,500 tests.||$75 + s&h|
|Calibration Check Fee||Applied when a calibration check is requested by the User and the SOBERLINK® device tests within the accuracy tolerance. If the SOBERLINK® device tests outside of the accuracy tolerance, we will waive the calibration check fee and the SOBERLINK® device will be recalibrated at no charge.||$75 + s&h|
|RMA Inspection Fee||If a SOBERLINK® device is returned to SOBERLINK under a return merchandise authorization (“RMA”) and the RMA inspection deems “No Problem Found” the inspection fee will be charged to the User’s account.||$75 + s&h|
A SOBERLINK® device can be archived on the web portal by a User with applicable permissions, or by written request made to Soberlink. Archiving will suspend the daily monitoring fee and temporarily disable the device from submitting test results to the web portal. Any obligation for payment of Daily Monitoring Fee during this period shall be subject to any agreement between you and us. User and/or Concerned Parties shall continue to be responsible for all financial commitments related to the Service or SOBERLINK® device including, but not limited to, any and all early termination fees, contractual agreements and minimum use period.
Zero Usage Policy
If a SOBERLINK® device has been archived and unused for ninety (90) days or longer, Soberlink shall have the authority to disconnect the cellular connection of the SOBERLINK® device without notice to User, any Concerned Party or any authorized Contact. If the device has been archived for one (1) year or less a Reactivation Fee of $100 may be applied. After one (1) year a purchase of a replacement device may be required.
In order to cancel the Services of a SOBERLINK® device, a written request must be made to SOBERLINK at email@example.com or by mail to Soberlink Healthcare LLC, Attn: Accounts, 16787 Beach Boulevard, #211, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. This request will terminate any cellular and data plan on the SOBERLINK® device, which will disconnect all device communication to the web portal. User and/or Concerned Parties shall continue to be responsible for all financial commitments related to the Service or SOBERLINK® device including, but not limited to, any and all early termination fees, contractual agreements and minimum use period. If the customer chooses to reactivate the SOBERLINK® device after cancelling Service, a Reactivation Fee may apply.
One Year Limited Warranty
SOBERLINK’s warranty obligations for the SOBERLINK® device (the “Limited Warranty”) are expressly limited to the following: SOBERLINK warrants the SOBERLINK® device against defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for a period of ONE (1) YEAR from the date of purchase by the original end-user purchaser or the date the SOBERLINK® device was first put in use, whichever date is earlier (the “Warranty Period”). Except as provided herein, SOBERLINK provides the SOBERLINK® device “as is.” If a defect arises and a valid claim is received by SOBERLINK within the Warranty Period, SOBERLINK will, at its option, either (1) repair the SOBERLINK® device, (2) exchange the SOBERLINK® device with a SOBERLINK® device that is new or which has been manufactured from new or serviceable used parts and is at least functionally equivalent to the original SOBERLINK® device, or (3) refund the purchase price of the SOBERLINK® device. When a refund is given, the SOBERLINK® device for which the refund is provided must be returned to SOBERLINK and becomes SOBERLINK’s property. This Limited Warranty is limited to the original end-user purchaser and is not transferable to, or enforceable by, any subsequent owner. Any such transfer shall void the Limited Warranty provided hereunder. This Limited Warranty does not apply: (a) to consequences caused by accident, abuse, tampering, misuse, flood, fire, earthquake or other external causes; (b) to consequences caused by operating the SOBERLINK® device outside the permitted or intended use described by SOBERLINK; (c) to consequences caused by, or arising from, service, repair, modification or alteration performed by anyone who is not a representative of SOBERLINK or a SOBERLINK Authorized Service Provider; (d) to a SOBERLINK® device or part that has been modified to alter functionality or capability without the written permission of SOBERLINK; or (e) by the failure to report or to timely report testing results as a result of any telecommunication related problems, whether caused by third parties, the User, or SOBERLINK®. No SOBERLINK Service Provider, manufacturer, distributor, re-seller, agent, representative, or employee is authorized to make any modification, extension, or addition to the Limited Warranty. If any term is held to be illegal or unenforceable, the legality or enforceability of the remaining terms shall not be affected or impaired.
Exclusions, Limitations, and Disclaimers
SOBERLINK makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the ability of the SOBERLINK® device to determine whether, or the extent to which, a User’s mental or physical functioning, or judgment, may be impaired, including whether the User is intoxicated under any definition of that word. SOBERLINK expressly disclaims any liability for direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages of any nature under any legal theory. Any act or failure to act based on a reading from this device shall be at the User’s own risk or upon those who rely upon such reading. SOBERLINK assumes no responsibility for consequences to, or of, Users who use this device and later are shown to have been under the influence of alcohol or have had their judgment or any mental or bodily function impaired by alcohol. Correlation between breath alcohol content and blood alcohol concentration depends on many variables, including environmental factors (such as air quality, wind, humidity, temperature, etc.) and health conditions of the User. A low BrAC reading does not mean that the User’s physical or mental performance or judgment can respond to an emergency. The concentration of alcohol in the blood of a User cannot be exactly determined by using a breath alcohol-screening device. SOBERLINK does not warrant that the operation of the device will be error-free. SOBERLINK is not responsible for any consequences arising from the failure to follow instructions related to the device’s use. Because of the variables involved in the dissipation of alcohol consumption, individual metabolism, and self-administration, the User and associated third parties agree: (1) not to hold SOBERLINK or its agent and representatives, the manufacturer, dealer, wholesaler, or distributor, responsible for the consequences of any decision, based on the use of this device to operate a vehicle, boat, or aircraft or other equipment; and (2) to hold SOBERLINK or its agent and representatives harmless from the claims of others arising out of any such decision.
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY THE LAW, THIS WARRANTY AND THE REMEDIES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, REMEDIES AND CONDITIONS, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, STATUTORY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. AS PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, SOBERLINK SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL STATUTORY OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND WARRANTIES AGAINST HIDDEN OR LATENT DEFECTS. IF SOBERLINK CANNOT LAWFULLY DISCLAIM STATUTORY OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, THEN TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ALL SUCH WARRANTIES SHALL BE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE EXPRESS WARRANTY AND TO THE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT SERVICE AS DETERMINED BY SOBERLINK. IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION.
EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN THIS WARRANTY, AND TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, SOBERLINK IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: LOSS OR USE; LOSS OF REVENUE OR INCOME LOSS OF ACTUAL OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS (INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFITS FROM A CONTRACT), LOSS OF THE USE OF MONEY LOSS OF ANTICIPATED SAVINGS; LOSS OF BUSINESS; LOSS OF OPPORTUNITY; LOSS OF GOODWILL; OR LOSS OF REPUTATION. Some countries, states, and provinces do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or allow limitations on how long an implied warranty or condition may last, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary by country, state, or province. This Limited Warranty is governed by and construed under the laws of the country in which the product purchase took place.
Obtaining Warranty Service
If you feel that your device requires warranty service, please follow these instructions: Obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization (“RMA”) number by calling 714-975-7200 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. When shipping the device back to the designated SOBERLINK address, please package the SOBERLINK® device carefully and ship using a major carrier (UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc.). To ensure proper credit for a returned item, be sure to obtain a delivery confirmation on the return shipment. If we do not receive the Soberlink® device and you do not have proof of delivery to us, you and/or the Concerned Party (if any) may be assessed a replacement cost. Please include the following information with your returned device:
- Your RMA number (issued by SOBERLINK)
- Name, address, and phone number as stated at the time of order
- A copy of your original sales receipt (if applicable)
DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND ARBITRATION
- claims arising out of, or relating to, any aspect of the relationship between you and us, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation, or any other legal theory
- claims related to these T&Cs, the SOBERLINK® devices, or the provision of the Services or any advertising, marketing or representation related thereto
- claims that arose before these T&C’s or any prior terms and conditions (including, but not limited to, claims relating to advertising)
- claims that are currently the subject of purported class action litigation in which you are not a member of a certified class
- claims related to an alleged violation of your privacy, disclosure of personal information or alleged violation of any law or act related to any other agreement or contract entered into between you and us
- claims that may arise after the termination, modification, revision, amendment or updating of the T&Cs.
The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) will arbitrate all disputes. This arbitration provision includes any claims against us relating to Services or SOBERLINK® devices provided or billed to you or used by you that may have been provided by third parties (such as our suppliers, distributors, dealers, Service Providers or third party vendors) whenever you also assert claims against us in the same proceeding. We each also agree that the provision of Service to you affects interstate commerce so that the Federal Arbitration Act and federal arbitration law apply (despite the application of any choice of law). THERE IS NO JUDGE OR JURY IN ARBITRATION, AND COURT REVIEW OF AN ARBITRATION AWARD IS LIMITED. THE ARBITRATOR MUST FOLLOW THIS AGREEMENT AND CAN AWARD THE SAME DAMAGES AND RELIEF AS A COURT (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES).
For all disputes, whether pursued in court or arbitration, you must first give us an opportunity to resolve your claim by sending a written description of your claim to us at Soberlink Healthcare LLC, Attn: Dispute Resolution, 16787 Beach Boulevard, #211, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. We each agree to negotiate in good faith. If the arbitration provision applies or you choose arbitration to resolve your dispute, then either you or we may start arbitration proceedings. You must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing your claim or send a form Notice of Dispute (“Notice”) to Soberlink Healthcare LLC, Attn: Dispute Resolution, 16787 Beach Boulevard, #211, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (the “Notice Address”) to begin arbitration. You may download or copy a form Notice from SLHC Notice of Dispute (PDF). The Notice must (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and (b) set forth the specific relief sought. In order to initiate arbitration against you, Soberlink must send written Notice to you at the address you provide to us or an authorized SOBERLINK Service Provider.
If SOBERLINK and you do not reach an agreement to resolve a claim or dispute within thirty (30) days after the Notice is received, you or we may commence an arbitration proceeding. You may download or copy a form to initiate arbitration from the AAA website: arbitration form (PDF). After we receive the completed form at the Notice Address that you have commenced arbitration, it will promptly reimburse you for our payment of the filing fee, unless your claim is for more than $75,000. (Currently, the filing fee for consumer-initiated arbitration is $200, but this is subject to change by AAA. If you establish that you are unable to pay this fee, we will pay it directly after receiving the completed form at the Notice Address.) For claims less than $75,000, the AAA’s Consumer Arbitration Rules in effect at the time the claim is made will apply as modified by the T&Cs. The Rules are available online as www.adr.org or by calling AAA at 1-800-778-7879.
For claims over $75,000, the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules will apply as modified by these T&Cs. The Rules are available online as www.adr.org or by calling AAA at 1-800-778-7879. For claims that total more than $75,000, the payment of filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA Commercial Arbitration Rules. If the amount in dispute exceeds $75,000 or either party seeks any form of injunctive relief, either party may appeal the award to a three-arbitrator panel administered by AAA by a written notice of appeal within thirty (30) days from the date of entry of the written arbitration award. The members of the three-arbitrator panel will be selected according to AAA rules. The three-arbitrator panel will issue its decision within one hundred twenty (120) days of the date of the appealing party’s notice of appeal. The decision of the three-arbitrator panel shall be final and binding, subject to any right of judicial review that exists under the Federal Arbitration Act.
Any amendment, modification, revision or update of these DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND ARBITRATION procedures shall only affect claims, causes of action, rights and remedies that arise after the such amendment, modification, revision or update, unless otherwise agreed by you and us. Any claim, cause of action, right or remedy that arose prior to such amendment, modification, revision or update shall be governed by the terms of the T&C’s then in effect.
Class Action Waiver
YOU AND WE EACH AGREE THAT ANY PROCEEDINGS, WHETHER IN ARBITRATION OR COURT, WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR AS A MEMBER IN A CLASS, CONSOLIDATED OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION. The arbitrator may award injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relied warranted by that individual’s claim. You and we agree that each may bring claims against the other only in your individual capacities and not as plaintiff or class members in any purported class or representative action or in the capacity as a private attorney general law. Further, unless both you and we agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. The arbitrator may award any relief that a court could award that is individualized to the claimant and would not affect other consumers. Neither you, nor any other customer, can be a class representative, class member, or otherwise participate in a class, consolidated, or representative proceeding without having complied with the opt out requirements below. If a court or arbitrator determines in an action between you and us that this class action waiver is unenforceable, the arbitration agreement will be void as to you. If you choose to pursue your claim in court by opting out of the arbitration provision as specified above, this class action waiver provision will not apply to you.
Any amendment, modification, revision or update of the CLASS ACTION WAIVER the shall only affect claims, causes of action, rights and remedies that arise after the such amendment, modification, revision or update, unless otherwise agreed by you and us. Any claim, cause of action, right or remedy that arose prior to such amendment, modification, revision or update shall be governed by the terms of the T&C’s then in effect.
Notwithstanding the above, YOU MAY CHOOSE TO PURSUE YOUR CLAIM IN COURT AND NOT BY ARBITRATION IF YOU OPT OUT OF THESE ARBITRATION PROCEDURES WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM THE EARLIER OF: (1) THE DATE YOU PURCHASED A SOBERLINK® DEVICE; (2) THE DATE YOU ACTIVATED SERVICE; OR (3) THE DATE ON WHICH YOU AGREED TO THE T&Cs (THE “OPT OUT DEADLINE”). YOU MUST OPT OUT BY THE OPT OUT DEADLINE FOR EACH SOBERLINK® DEVICE OR LINE OF SERVICE. YOU MAY OPT OUT OF THESE ARBITRATION PROCEDURES BY COMPLETING THE ON-LINE OPT-OUT FORM (PDF). and submitting the written request by facsimile to Soberlink Healthcare LLC @ 310-388-5605 Attn: Dispute Resolution, by mail to Soberlink Healthcare LLC, Attn: Dispute Resolution, 16787 Beach Boulevard, #211, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Any opt-out received after the Opt Out Deadline will not be valid and you must pursue your claim in arbitration or in small claims court.
Any amendment, modification, revision or update of the OPT OUT provisions the shall only affect claims, causes of action, rights and remedies that arise after the such amendment, modification, revision or update, unless otherwise agreed by you and us. Any claim, cause of action, right or remedy that arose prior to such amendment, modification, revision or update shall be governed by the terms of the T&C’s then in effect.
Jury Trial Waiver
If a claim proceeds in court rather than through arbitration, WE EACH WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL.
Any amendment, modification, revision or update of the JURY TRIAL WAIVER provisions the shall only affect claims, causes of action, rights and remedies that arise after the such amendment, modification, revision or update, unless otherwise agreed by you and us. Any claim, cause of action, right or remedy that arose prior to such amendment, modification, revision or update shall be governed by the terms of the T&C’s then in effect.
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
- your past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition;
- the provision of healthcare services to you; or
- the past, present, or future payment for the provision of healthcare services to you. If you have any questions about this Notice or about our privacy practices, please send an email to email@example.com or call us at 714-975-7200.
To the extent required by law, SOBERLINK shall:
- maintain the privacy of your protected health information;
- provide you with certain rights with respect to your protected health information;
- provide you with a copy of this Notice of SOBERLINK’s legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your protected health information; and
- follow the terms of the Notice that is currently in effect.
We reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice and to make new provisions regarding your protected health information that we maintain, as allowed or required by law. If we make any material change to this Notice, we will provide you with a copy of our revised Notice of Privacy Practices by first-class mail to your last-known address on file.
Written Authorization Policy
We will generally obtain your written authorization before using your protected health information or disclosing it to outside persons or organizations. You may revoke any written authorization you have provided to us at any time, except to the extent that we have made any use(s) or disclosure(s) of your protected health information in reliance on the authorization. To revoke an authorization, please send your request in writing with a copy of the authorization being revoked (or, if not available, a detailed description of the authorization including the date) to Soberlink Healthcare LLC, Attn: Legal Department, 16787 Beach Boulevard, #211, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.
How SOBERLINK May Use and Disclose Your Protected Health Information Without Your Written Authorization
Under the law, we may use or disclose your protected health information under certain circumstances without your permission. The following categories describe the different ways that we may use and disclose your protected health information. For each category of uses or disclosures we will provide examples. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed; the examples are given only for purposes of illustration.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings, Lawsuits, and Disputes
We may disclose your protected health information in the course of any judicial or administrative proceeding; if you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose your protected health information in response to a court or administrative order. We may also disclose your protected health information in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.
We may disclose your protected health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official in response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process:
- to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person;
- about the victim of a crime if, under certain limited circumstances, we are unable to obtain the victim’s agreement;
- about a death that we believe may be the result of criminal conduct;
- about criminal conduct; and
- in emergency circumstances to report a crime; the location of the crime or victims; or the identity, description, or location of the person who committed the crime.
Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors
We may release protected health information to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also release medical information about patients to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.
National Security and Intelligence Activities
We may release your protected health information to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counter-intelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law.
If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or are in the custody of a law enforcement official, we may disclose your protected health information to the correctional institution or law enforcement official if necessary (1) for the institution to provide you with healthcare; (2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or (3) for the safety and security of the correctional institution.
We may use or disclose your protected health information to help deliver, coordinate, manage, and facilitate your healthcare and related services. For example, we may consult with or disclose medical information about you to providers such as your physician or other doctors, nurses, technicians, or other personnel who are involved in taking care of you.
We may use or disclose your protected health information to obtain payment for the healthcare products we provide to you. For example, prior to providing you with such products, we may contact your insurance carrier, your HMO or your employer’s health plan regarding your treatment, including your diagnosis and product needs, to ensure that such products will be covered. We may also disclose information to your insurance carrier or other payer that is necessary to submit claims for payment, or to resolve any questions such carrier or payer may have regarding quality assurance or utilization review.
For Healthcare Operations
We may use and disclose your protected health information in order to support our business activities, such as quality assessment and improvement activities, business planning, management and general administrative activities. For example, we may use your protected health information to determine how to improve our products, resolve complaints, and assess staff performance.
To Business Associates
We may contract with individuals or entities known as Business Associates to perform various functions on our behalf or to provide certain types of services. In order to perform these functions or to provide these services, Business Associates will receive, create, maintain, use and/or disclose your protected health information, but only after they agree in writing with us to implement appropriate safeguards regarding your protected health information. For example, we may disclose your protected health information to a Business Associate to administer claims or to provide support services, but only after the Business Associate enters into a Business Associate Agreement with us.
As Required by Law
We will disclose your protected health information when required to do so by federal, state, or local law. For example, we may disclose your protected health information when required by national security laws or public health disclosure laws.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety
We may use and disclose your protected health information when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety, or the health and safety of the public or another person. Any disclosure, however, would only be to someone able to help prevent the threat.
Organ and Tissue Donation and Procurement
We may release your protected health information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye, or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation.
Military and Veterans
If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release your protected health information as required by military command authorities. We may also release protected health information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.
We may release your protected health information for workers’ compensation or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.
Public Health Risks
As required by law, we may disclose your protected health information to public health or legal authorities under the following circumstances:
- to prevent or control disease, injury, or disability;
- to report births and deaths;
- to report child abuse or neglect;
- to track FDA-regulated products;
- to report reactions to medications or problems with products;
- to notify people of recalls of products they may be using;
- to notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition.
Victims of Abuse
We may disclose your protected health information to notify the appropriate government authority if we believe that an individual has been the victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. We will only make this disclosure if you agree, or when required or authorized by law.
Health Oversight Activities
We may disclose your protected health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include audits; civil, administrative, or criminal investigations, proceedings or actions; inspections; licensure or disciplinary actions; and other activities necessary for the appropriate oversight of the healthcare system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
We may disclose your protected health information to researchers when:
- the individual identifiers have been removed; or
- when an institutional review board or privacy board has (a) reviewed the research proposal; and (b) established protocols to ensure the privacy of the requested information, and approves the research.
We will disclose your protected health information to individuals authorized by you, or to an individual designated as your personal representative, attorney-in-fact, etc., so long as you provide us with a written notice/authorization and any supporting documents (i.e., power of attorney). NOTE: We do not have to disclose information to a personal representative if we have a reasonable belief that:
- you have been, or may be, subjected to domestic violence, abuse, or neglect by such person;
- treating such person as your personal representative could endanger you; or
- in the exercise of professional judgment, it is not in your best interest to treat the person as your personal representative.
We may contact you to provide reminders or information about appointments, product refills, treatment alternatives, or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
The following is a description of disclosures of your protected health information we are required to make.
We are required to disclose your protected health information to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services when the Secretary is investigating or determining our compliance with the HIPAA privacy rule.
Disclosures to You
When you request, we are required to disclose to you the portion of your protected health information that contains medical records, billing records, and any other records used to make decisions regarding your healthcare benefits. We are also required, when requested, to provide you with an accounting of most disclosures of your protected health information if the disclosure was for reasons other than for payment, treatment, or healthcare operations, and if the protected health information was not disclosed pursuant to your individual authorization.
You have the following rights with respect to your protected health information:
Right to Inspect and Copy
You have the right to inspect and copy certain protected health information that may be used to make decisions about your healthcare benefits. To inspect and copy your protected health information, you must submit your request in writing and fax to 310-388-5605 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you request a copy of the information, we may charge a reasonable fee for the costs of copying, mailing, or other supplies associated with your request. We may deny your request to inspect and copy in certain, very limited circumstances. If you are denied access to your medical information, you may request a written copy of the denial be reviewed by submitting a written request. by facsimile to Soberlink Healthcare LLC @ 310-388-5605 Attn: Privacy Officer, by mail to Soberlink Healthcare LLC, Attn: Privacy Officer, 16787 Beach Boulevard, #211, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.
Right to Amend
If you feel that the protected health information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for us. To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and sent by facsimile to Soberlink Healthcare LLC @ 310-388-5605 Attn: Privacy Officer, by mail to Soberlink Healthcare LLC, Attn: Privacy Officer, 16787 Beach Boulevard, #211, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 or by email to email@example.com. In addition, you must provide a reason that supports your request. We may deny your request for an amendment if it is not in writing or does not include a reason to support the request. In addition, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that:
- is not part of the medical information kept by or for us;
- was not created by us, unless the person or entity that created the information is no longer available to make the amendment;
- is not part of the information that you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or
- is already accurate and complete.
If we deny your request, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with us and any future disclosures of the disputed information will include your statement.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures
You have the right to request an “accounting” of certain disclosures of your protected health information. The accounting will not include (1) disclosures for purposes of treatment, payment, or healthcare operations; (2) disclosures made to you; (3) disclosures made pursuant to your authorization; (4) disclosures made to friends or family in your presence or because of an emergency; (5) disclosures for national security purposes; and (6) disclosures incidental to otherwise permissible disclosures. To request this list or accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing and fax to 310-388-5605 Attn: Privacy Officer or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your request must state a time period of not longer than six years. Your request should indicate in what form you want the list (for example, paper or electronic). The first list you request within a 12-month period will be provided free of charge. For additional lists, we may charge you for the costs of providing the list. We will notify you of the cost involved and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred.
Right to Request Restrictions
You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on your protected health information that we use or disclose for treatment, payment; or healthcare operations. You also have the right to request a limit on your protected health information that we disclose to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care, such as a family member or friend. For example, you could ask that we not use or disclose information about a surgery that you had. We are not required to agree to your request. However, if we do agree to the request, we will honor the restriction until you revoke it or we notify you. To request restrictions, you must make your request in writing and sent by facsimile to Soberlink Healthcare LLC @ 310-388-5605 Attn: Privacy Officer, by mail to Soberlink Healthcare LLC, Attn: Privacy Officer, 16787 Beach Boulevard, #211, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 or by email to email@example.com. In your request, you must tell us (1) what information you want to limit; (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure, or both; and (3) to whom you want the limits to apply — for example, disclosures to your spouse.
Right to Request Confidential Communications
You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by mail. To request confidential communications, you must make your request in writing and fax to 310-388-5605 Attn: Privacy Officer, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not ask you the reason for your request. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted. We will accommodate all reasonable requests if you clearly provide information that the disclosure of all or part of your protected information could endanger you.
Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice
You have the right to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy of this notice. You may obtain a copy of this notice at our website, www.soberlink.com. To obtain a paper copy of this notice, please submit a written request by facsimile to Soberlink Healthcare LLC @ 310-388-5605 Attn: Privacy Officer, by mail to Soberlink Healthcare LLC, Attn: Privacy Officer, 16787 Beach Boulevard, #211, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 or by email to email@example.com.
Complaints. If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with SOBERLINK, please submit such in writing and send by facsimile to Soberlink Healthcare LLC @ 310-388-5605 Attn: Privacy Officer, by mail to Soberlink Healthcare LLC, Attn: Privacy Officer, 16787 Beach Boulevard, #211, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized, or in any other way retaliated against, for filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, or with us.
Information Collected. When you use our Services, we may collect and record information about you. We may collect information about you when you use our Service through a third party social networking platform or another third party source. We may collect information about you such as your name, e-mail address, postal address, phone number, and demographics such as your age or birthdate, gender or interests. We may also collect credit card numbers and other payment information if you make purchases through our Services. We may obtain information from other sources, including third party social networking platforms you use with our Services, and combine that with information we collect through our Services.
Additional information related to Soberlink’s privacy policies is available here.
SOBERLINK SMS – 30574
You may subscribe to SOBERLINK SMS service.
- When you opt-in to the service, we will send you an SMS message to confirm your sign up.
- You can cancel the SMS service at any time by texting “STOP” to 30574. After you send the SMS message “STOP” to us, we will send you an SMS message to confirm that you have been unsubscribed. After this, you will no longer receive SMS messages from us.
- If you want to rejoin, text “SUBSCRIBE” to 30574 to resume receiving SMS messages.
If at any time you forget what keywords are supported, just text “HELP” to 30574. After you send the SMS message “HELP” to us, we will respond with instructions on how to use our service as well as how to unsubscribe.
- We are able to deliver messages to the following mobile phone carriers:
Major carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Alltel, Boost Mobile, Nextel, and Virgin Mobile.
Minor carriers: Alaska Communications Systems (ACS), Appalachian Wireless (EKN), Bluegrass Cellular, Cellular One of East Central IL (ECIT), Cellular One of Northeast Pennsylvania, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Cricket, Coral Wireless (Mobi PCS), COX, Cross, Element Mobile (Flat Wireless), Epic Touch (Elkhart Telephone), GCI, Golden State, Hawkeye (Chat Mobility), Hawkeye (NW Missouri), Illinois Valley Cellular, Inland Cellular, iWireless (Iowa Wireless), Keystone Wireless (Immix Wireless/PC Man), Mosaic (Consolidated or CTC Telecom), Nex-Tech Wireless, NTelos, Panhandle Communications, Pioneer, Plateau (Texas RSA 3 Ltd), Revol, RINA, Simmetry (TMP Corporation), Thumb Cellular, Union Wireless, United Wireless, Viaero Wireless, and West Central (WCC or 5 Star Wireless).
- As always, message and data rates may apply for any messages sent to you from us and to us from you. Message frequency depends on the user’s interaction. If you have any questions about your text plan or data plan, it is best to contact your wireless provider.
For all questions about the services provided by this short code, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.