Wisconsin Collaborative for Quality Healthcare

Privacy Policy


WCHQ adheres to the following information-gathering and dissemination practices to protect your rights as a user of our website:

What Information We Collect

When you visit our website, we may collect two types of information: contact information you provide voluntarily and website-use data that is automatically collected as you browse our website.

Personal Information You Choose to Provide

If you choose to provide your name, company, e-mail address or phone number (under "Feedback") and other optional information, we will be able to send you notification of updates to our Performance & Progress Report. Additionally, if you correspond with us by e-mail, we may also save the contents of your messages, as well as your e-mail address and our replies to your inquiries. Your answers to surveys or questionnaires on our website will be retained, as well, so that we can improve our site to better meet consumer needs for healthcare quality information.

Website-Use Information

Along with the information you choose to provide, our website automatically collects information as you browse. We utilize both "cookies" and web server logs to collect data about how our site is being accessed and used. This information is gathered through cookies, and web server logs may include the name of the domain from which you access the Internet, the date and time you access our site, the pages you view, how much time you spend at our website and, if you linked to our website directly from another website, the internet address of the web site that connected to ours. In this way, we are able to determine how many individuals we are serving through our website and what information is of most interest or use to each.

How We Use Your Personal Information

We use your contact information to respond to your questions or to send you material and information you request, as well as to help us determine ways to restructure the website so it better serves you.

We may also use it to notify you of changes to our website or new information. You may elect not to receive these communications at any time by contacting us at info@wchq.org.

We also use your website information to help identify problems with our website. We may use all information we collect to analyze statistical use patterns and demographic data, including where our visitors come from and what demographic characteristics they have and to improve our website to better serve our customers.

Disclosing Your Personal Information to Others

We may share your personal information among our member organizations as necessary to provide you with the information and services you request. Except in the limited circumstances listed, we do not provide unaffiliated third parties with personal information about our website visitors.

Limited circumstances:

  • We may disclose information about you if and when we believe it is necessary to comply with any law, rule, or court order or subpoena; to enforce our legal rights or the rules of this website; or to protect our business, property and operations.
  • We may prepare and keep statistical records and other data about you and users of our site, but we do it in a way that does not identify you or any other user personally.
  • We may hire third parties to help us collect and analyze such data, and we may share such statistical data with third parties. Again, such statistical data will not specifically identify you or any other user.

Use of Cookies

"Cookies" are small bits of information generated by our web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies can "remember" what information a user accesses on a web page to simplify subsequent visits by the same user.

We use cookies to recognize you as a repeat visitor, to store your log-in ID and to provide certain features that make your use of our website more efficient.

These cookies are not required to use the website in any manner and are only an option to make your browsing easier. If you would not like to receive cookies, you may decline by adjusting the browser settings on your computer.

Links to Other Sites

On our website, we may create links to other websites that may be of interest to you or provide further information. Please note these are only suggestions, and we do not endorse any other websites.

Your Consent and Permission

By using our website, you consent to our collection and use of your personal information as described in the Privacy section of the website. We want to make every effort to keep you informed and aware of how we are protecting your privacy and the ways in which your personal information is used.

Thus, if we change our privacy policy and procedures, we will quickly post those changes on our website to keep you up-to-date on what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we may disclose it.

Asking Your Permission

It is our policy to always ask permission prior to retaining personal information or addresses of those using this website. Site features with high functionality often require that you "register" in order to access the feature and the information you've provided. In such cases, it is our policy to provide a mechanism that allows the user to "opt out" of the feature at any time in the future.

Your Right to Object

If you believe we are using your personal identity information in a way that is not authorized in this Privacy section, please contact us at once.

You can e-mail us at info@wchq.org, call us at 608-826-6838, or write us at:

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
7974 UW Health Court
Middleton, WI 53562

We will promptly investigate and take corrective action if we find that we have not been following our procedures.

Editorial Policy

All of the narrative content in this website has originated within the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, and unless otherwise noted, all of the data originated from the MetaStar data warehouse. When you click on links, a warning will appear to let you know you are leaving wchq.org and remind you that neither the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality or our member organizations have created or evaluated the contents of those other websites.

Content Reviews and Updates

Every effort is made to assure the accuracy and timeliness of the content provided, but please understand that errors and omissions can occur. An editorial review board exists within WCHQ to oversee the production and approval of new content. Medically oriented content is reviewed for accuracy by a healthcare professional prior to posting on the website. Input regarding content needing correction is always appreciated.

Please report any feedback, issues or concerns with this website to info@wchq.org.