Privacy Policy


This Privacy Policy was last updated on November 15, 2012.


This Privacy Policy is designed to inform you about the information Mason A. Smith & Associates, LLC, doing business as 1stHealthSystems (“1stHealthSystems”, “we”, or “our“) collects via its website at, and any successor sites thereto (“Website”). This Privacy Policy applies whether the Website is accessed via personal computers, mobile devices, tablets, or otherwise.  We reserve the right, at our complete discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will not, however, retroactively change how we share your personal information already collected without your consent. Please check back periodically for any changes we may make to the Privacy Policy, as your continued use of the Website following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy means you accept these changes.

What is Personally Identifiable Information?

“Personally identifiable information” is information that we can use to identify you as an individual. Personally identifiable information includes your name, address, telephone number, and any other information that is connected with you personally.

Information to which this Privacy Policy Does Not Apply

This Privacy Policy does not apply to information collected about you by anyone except 1stHealthSystems and only applies to information collected through the Website. Any information you provide when you visit websites other than the Website is subject to the privacy policies of the organizations that run and/or own those websites. This policy does not apply to information you may provide to us offline.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

1stHealthSystems generally collects personally identifiable information with your specific knowledge and consent. Prior to downloading information, such as white papers and marketing materials, that may be available from time to time on the Website, or by signing up to receive other information, you may be required to provide limited personal information. In some instances, a registration process may be required.

 1stHealthSystems uses this information to provide you with the service you have requested. We may also use your information to contact you by email or offline with special offers from 1stHealthSystems or affiliated parties who have asked 1stHealthSystems to market to its users on their behalf. If you do not want us to send you email messages, you can contact us at We may also initiate marketing contacts with colleagues at your business or institution on the basis of inquiries you may make about our products and services.

 In addition, 1stHealthSystems may share or disclose personally identifiable information about you to other companies or individuals when:

we utilize third-party service providers to provide products, services, or functions on our behalf (such as sending emails, information, newsletters, processing credit cards, hosting data) and ask these service providers to agree to maintain the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information and not to use your personally identifiable information for any reason except to carry out the purpose(s) for which we hired them;

we authorize third parties who may have products we think might be of interest to you, to contact you;

the entity to whom the information is disclosed is one under control of, or under common control with, 1stHealthSystems (for these purposes, a company controlling 20% or more of the voting stock of another entity shall be deemed to control such entity);

we need to protect our legal rights (for example, if we are trying to collect money you owe us);

we must comply with applicable laws, regulations, or legal or regulatory process; or

in connection with a sale, merger, transfer, exchange, or other disposition (whether of assets, stock, or otherwise) of all or a portion of the business conducted by the Website.


1stHealthSystems (or third-party service providers on our behalf) may set and access cookies on your computer. A cookie is a small amount of data (often including a unique identifier), that is sent to your browser from a website’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive. 1stHealthSystems uses cookies to understand Website usage and to improve the content and offerings on our site.  We may use cookies to track usage patterns on the sites, to deliver editorial content, and to personalize information.  Our cookies may contain personally identifiable information and such cookies may be shared with others to the same extent indicated above.

1stHealthSystems (or third-party service providers on our behalf) may also use cookies to collect aggregate information about Website users on an anonymous basis.

If you do not want to enable cookies, most web browsers include an option that allows you to disable them. However, if you set your browser to refuse cookies, some portions of our sites may not function efficiently.

Web Beacons.

Web beacons are small graphic images or other programming code (also known as “1×1 GIFS” or “clear GIFs”). We may include web beacons in the Website pages and email messages. Web beacons may be used for a number of purposes, including for counting visitors to the Website, monitoring how users navigate the Website, and counting how many emails that were sent were actually opened.

Information You Share with Us

When you interact with the Website, you may comment on content or otherwise contribute content.  Any information you share in public areas may become public, and therefore this Privacy Policy does not apply to such information. Please be careful about what you disclose and do not share in public areas any personal information that you expect to keep private.

Use of Non-Personal Information

We may share aggregate demographic and usage information with our prospective and actual business partners, advertisers, and other third parties for any business purpose.

Data Security

We have in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to protect the information that is collected online and stored in our database. However, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet.

IP Address

Your internet protocol (“IP”) address is usually associated with the place from which you enter the internet, like your internet service provider, your company, or your university. We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our servers, gather broad demographic information, and administer our website.

Non-U.S. Users

If you are located outside of the United States, please note that the information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By using this website, you consent to this transfer. You also consent to the adjudication of any disputes arising in connection with this website in the federal and state courts of, and in accordance with the laws of, the state of the United States in which the editorial staff of this website primarily does business.