Thank you for visiting the Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality’s MEPS Web site and for reviewing our privacy
This Web site is maintained as a public service to provide information
on healthcare research and quality from our Agency, a component
of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
We collect no personal information about you when you visit our
Web site unless you choose to provide that information to us.
When you browse through any Web site, read pages, or download information, certain
information about your visit can be collected. We automatically collect and temporarily
store the following information about your visit, but this information does not
identify you personally:
We use this information for statistics on the traffic to our site,
to find out about general user interest in various areas of our
site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.
The name of the domain you use to access the Internet (for example,
aol.com, if you are using an America Online account, or stanford.edu,
if you are connecting from Stanford University's domain).
The type of browser and operating system you use to access our
The date and time of your visit.
The pages you visited.
The address of the Web site you came from, if you were referred
from another site.
We track the keywords that are entered into our search engine and
the browse terms used to measure interest in specific topics, but
we do not monitor which terms a particular user enters.
No additional information is collected about your visit, and we
do not record information about individual behavior or use of the
The MEPSnet page and the breadcrumbs feature on this site use session-based
cookies. These bits of information are stored temporarily in your
computer’s random access memory (RAM) as a line of text.
When you close your browser, the cookie is destroyed and no trace
of it remains on your hard drive.
The MEPSnet session-based cookies are necessary for the MEPSnet interactive
query system to work. MEPSnet stores information about the selections
a user has made within the system. This information is stored on
the server and associated with an id number. The information is
stored so that a returning user can restore his or her selections
using the id number. No information is stored on the user's browser
or elsewhere that could be used to associate an individual with
a set of stored selections.
The breadcrumbs session-based cookies are used solely as a method to enhance
the user experience for those visiting the site.
You do not have to give us personal information to visit our Web
If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself
through an e-mail message, form, etc., we use that information
only to respond to your message or to fulfill the stated purpose
of the communication. The information provided is handled on a
confidential basis within the Agency.
However, e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception.
If your message is sensitive, you may prefer to send it by postal
All communications to the Web site mailbox and customer feedback
form are archived on a monthly basis, and destroyed on an annual
AHRQ does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information
about our visitors, unless required by law enforcement or statute.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains
available to all users, we employ software programs to monitor
traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information,
or otherwise cause damage. Such attempts are strictly prohibited
and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of
1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed
according to the principles of the Federal Records Act and regulations
and guidance from the National Archives and Records Administration,
and in some cases may be subject to the Privacy Act. If information
that you submit is to be used in a Privacy Act system of records,
there will be a Privacy Act Notice provided.
Our Web site has links to other Federal agencies. We also have
here does not necessarily apply to those other sites. Once you