Yale School of Medicine Website Use, Security, and Privacy

For the General Public

The Yale School of Medicine is committed to protecting your online privacy. General user privacy for Yale School of Medicine websites is covered by the Yale University Privacy Policy.

Patient Privacy & Security

In general, you can visit Yale School of Medicine website without revealing any personal information, though generic information gathered about your website usage is combined with all user data to provide web analytics reports.

However, you may be asked to provide personal information to gain access to some of our content and services. If your personally identifiable information is provided on an official Yale School of Medicine website over a secured internet connection, you can expect this information will be kept private and secure as defined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Please be aware that most information transmitted over the Internet is not secured.  In addition, email does not provide a completely secure and confidential means of communication. Do not use email if you wish to keep your communication private.

If you choose to provide us with personal information by sending an email, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it through a Yale School of Medicine web site, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us provide you with information or material that you request. We do not give, share, sell, or transfer any personal information to a third party unless required by law.

More information about Patient Rights at Yale University:

Links and Medical Information Disclaimer

All health and health-related information within Yale School of Medicine web sites, including the Yale Medical Group website, is not intended to replace the services of a physician or health care professional, nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. The information is provided solely as a convenience to you. Each individual’s treatment and results may vary based upon circumstances, situation, and a health care provider’s medical judgment after discussion and evaluation of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks, and benefits. Statements made by any persons within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or provide any guarantee as to outcomes. 

Whether to accept any treatment should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits only after consultation with a health care professional. 

Some pages within Yale School of Medicine websites are linked to websites maintained and operated by third parties external to Yale. Neither Yale University nor the Yale School of Medicine review, control, or take responsibility for the content of these web sites. Links on Yale School of Medicine websites to websites managed by third parties are provided solely as a convenience to you, and the presence of such a link does not imply an endorsement or approval of content on the third-party site. 

Yale School of Medicine intends to keep our websites updated and correct, and when notified will update incorrect information as quickly as possible, however, the sites and their content are provided on an “as is” basis without warranties of any kind.


Information and materials presented on Yale School of Medicine websites may not be re-used without explicit written permission from the owner of the copyright for those materials.

Waiver of Liability and Website Use

Use of Yale School of Medicine websites constitutes acknowledgement and acceptance of all of these limitations and disclaimers. Yale School of Medicine and Yale University can choose to change these terms and conditions at any time.

Contact Us

  • If you are concerned about your patient privacy rights, please contact the Yale HIPAA Privacy Officer at 203-432-5919 or hipaa@yale.edu
  • If you have a complaint or problem relating to a Yale School of Medicine website, email us at ysm.editor@yale.edu and our communications department will forward your concern to the appropriate entity for response or resolution. 
  • Read the Yale University Privacy Policy for more information.