Terms of Use

The Gout Specialists Network (GSN) is a new initiative of the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society, Inc. (GUAES), which will provide doctor and patient users with the ability to establish a network of, and access to, specialists authorized to treat under the American College of Rheumatology Guidelines (“Services”). TO UTILIZE AND ACCESS THE SERVICES AND HTTP://GOUTEDUCATION.ORG/GSN/ (SITE) YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF USE AND PRIVACY POLICY. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF USE AND PRIVACY POLICY, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SITE.

DISCLAIMER. The information contained on the Site is presented for the purpose of general information and providing access to medical professionals. NOTHING CONTAINED ON THE SITE IS INTENDED TO BE INSTRUCTIONAL FOR MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT. All information provided on the Site should not be considered complete, nor should it be relied on to suggest a course of treatment for a particular individual. THIS SITE SHOULD IN NO WAY BE USED IN PLACE OF THE SPECIFIC CONSULTATION OR ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER. Should you have any health care related questions, please directly call or contact a physician or other qualified health care provider promptly.

Users understand that the information provided through this Site and/or via the profiles on this site is not the responsibility or property of GUAES and the operators of this Site are not medical professionals, simply information aggregators.

GUAES is not liable or responsible for the content or medical accuracy of any information provided by any physician contacted via the profiles on this Site either in writing or in person.

Use of Services. Only users and physicians who can form a binding contract may use the Services provided through this Site. This Site may not be used by individuals under the age of majority in their state and in no event shall persons under the age of 13 use or contact individuals through the Site. All users agree to adhere to these Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy of the GSN found here.

The physicians listed on the Site are unaffiliated with GUAES other than their voluntary participation in the GSN. A physician’s listing on the Site does not imply an endorsement by GUAES. All communications, transactions, etc. are solely between physician and patient. GUAES has no responsibility or liability for responses to communications made to physicians, payment by patients, or any other aspect of a physician-patient communication and/or relationship.

GUAES reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any part thereof) with or without notice. Users agree that GSN shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the Service.

All users agree to use this Website and any GUAES content only for lawful purposes, and in a manner which does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this Website and any GUAES content by any third party.

Physician Profiles. Physicians are required to make a public profile as part of their participation in the network. Physicians are responsible for the accuracy and representations made in their profiles. All photos uploaded must be of Physician, Physician’s practice, and/or the sole property of Physician. GUAES is not responsible for any inaccuracy or misrepresentation provided in the information posted on the profiles. Physicians also acknowledge that GUAES has no responsibility or liability for the deletion of your profile, malfunctions, or failure to store or maintain any content maintained or transmitted by the GUAES Site providers.

Physician Content. Physicians understand that all information, data, text, photographs, graphics, messages, or other materials ("Content") publicly posted and shared is the sole responsibility and liability of the person from which such content originated. This means that you, as a physician, and not GUAES, bear all risks and liabilities for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Site. Physicians warrant and represent that they have evaluated, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.

Through agreeing to these Term and Conditions and participating in the GSN network, you, as a physician, agree to not use the site to:

  • upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights ("Rights") of any third party;
  • upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation. (Posting the same note more than once can be considered "spam" or "spamming");
  • upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  • upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
  • impersonate, either in writing or image, any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a GUAES Board member, and/or GUAES employee or contractor or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Site;
  • disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users' ability to engage in real time information;
  • intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, federal or international law;
  • "stalk" or otherwise harass other medical professionals or patients; or
  • harvest, or otherwise collect or store personal data about other users and their profiles.

You acknowledge that GUAES and its developers reserve and shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse, move, edit, or delete any Content that is available via the Site.

You acknowledge and agree that GUAES may preserve Content if required to do so by law or in the belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce this Term and Conditions Agreement; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of GUAES, and any of its employees, Board, agents, contractors, and assigns, its users and the public.

Content Ownership. By submitting communications or content to any part of this Site where such content would be viewable by the public (e.g. posting on a public page or other public communication), all users agree that such submission is non-confidential for all purposes.

Intellectual property, including copyrights, patents, trademarks and other property or proprietary rights (registered and unregistered), located in and on this Site are protected under U.S. and international intellectual property laws, including, but not limited to trademark, patent, copyright, etc., whether or not registered. Users therefore agree not to sell, rewrite, modify, redistribute, creative derivative works, or charge for any of the information provided on the Site without written permission from the owner of such works. All GUAES logos, designs and content are the property of GUAES.

Users may only use the content on the Site for informational purposes only and may not use the information or content for any commercial purpose. GUAES permits users to use content and information owned by GUAES for noncommercial, informational purposes which do not harm the reputation of the GNS and/or GUAES provided that the user does not remove any trademarks, copyright and any other notice contained in such content. This allowance is limited by any additional restrictions placed on such content and/or content that is not owned by GUAES (such as content or publications included in physician profiles).

Physicians using the GSN expressly grant GUAES a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, world-wide non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, translate, distribute, and display any content uploaded to the Site in any media or medium, or any form, format, or forum now known or hereafter developed related to the GSN.

Linking to Content. The GSN encourages and permits text links to content on the GSN and/or the GUAES website, www.GoutSpecialistsNetwork.org or www.GoutEducation.org, provided: (a) any text-only link must clearly be marked “the Gout Specialists Network” or "the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society;" (b) the appearance, position and other aspects of either the link or the host website may not be such as to damage or dilute the goodwill associated with GSN’s name and GUAES trademarks; (c) the appearance, position and other aspects of either the link or the host website may not create the false appearance that an entity other than GSN is associated with or sponsored by GUAES; (d) the link, when activated by a user, must display the Site(s) full-screen and not with a "frame" on the linked website; and (e) GSN and/or GUAES reserves the right to revoke its consent to the link at any time in its sole discretion by amending this User Agreement.

Links to the GSN and/or GUAES by any third party shall be deemed as only for reference and shall not be interpreted as an endorsement by GUAES and its Board members.

Infringing Content. The content available on the Site may include content provided by or received from third parties. GUAES does not permit the use of content on its websites that infringes on the trademarks or copyrights of others, and will remove any such content if properly notified of such violation in accordance with the procedure set forth below:

To notify GUAES of alleged copyright or trademark infringement on the Site, send a notice to the email address shown below. Please provide ALL of the following information (as required by 17 U.S.C. §512(c)(3)):

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works;
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit GUAES to locate the material;
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit GUAES to contact you, such as your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address;
  • This statement: “I have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the material’s owner, or its agent, or the law.”; and
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and that the signatory to the notice has the authority to enforce the rights that are the subject of the infringement claim.

Upon receipt of the above information, GUAES will promptly investigate and take appropriate action, then notify you of that action at the contact address provided.

Designated Agent for Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement:

info@GoutEducation.org
(412) 456-4300

Payment. Physicians using the GSN agree to be charged for their participation in the GSN unless such payment is waived in GUAES’s sole discretion. Such rates shall be detailed and paid on the Site. GUAES reserves the right to change the annual rate of any such charge from time to time with prior notice on the Site and to physicians. GUAES is not responsible for failure to notify due to any out of date physician contact information. If a physician does not accept any such increase in the annual rate, GUAES must receive notice of a cancellation request prior to any renewal date. GUAES is not responsible or liable for the actions, failures, misrepresentations, malfunctions, etc. of the third party payment services provider used on the Site to process payments.

If a physician’s payment method fails or an account is past due, GUAES reserves the right to immediately terminate their account and profile. Physicians agree to submit any disputes regarding charges in writing to GUAES within thirty (30) days of such charge or it shall be deemed accepted and the dispute waived.

Termination. GUAES reserves the right to terminate any user’s access to the Site if GUAES believes a user has violated any of the provisions of these Terms of Use or for any reason GUAES determines such termination to be necessary. Discretion to terminate a user’s access lies solely with GUAES.

Physicians acknowledge GUAES reserves the right to terminate their use of the GSN and deactivate and/or delete profiles and remove and delete any content, for any reason. Reasons for deactivation may include, but are not be limited to, no physician logins or activity on their profile for a period of 12 or more months, findings of inaccuracy in physician’s skills or warrantees and representations, complaints from patients, inconsistencies, and/or violation of these Terms of Use. If a profile is deleted by GUAES under this clause, a physician shall be refunded their registration fee at a prorated rate determined by GUAES based on the termination date in relation to the annual renewal date. GUAES, may, in its sole discretion, choose to allow a physician to reactivate a profile. Further, physicians understand and agree that GUAES shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Service.

If a Physician wishes to no longer display a profile and/or be part of the GSN they must provide written notice to GUAES. GUAES will remove physician’s profile within fourteen (14) days of written confirmation to physician of desire to be removed from the GSN. Physician shall be refunded their registration fee at a prorated rate determined by GUAES based on the termination date in relation to the annual renewal date.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. THIS SITE AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AS IS. GUAES MAKES NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES REGARDING THE SITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTIES OF ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENCY, RELIABILITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ACCESSIBILITY, OR ANY WARRANTY THAT THIS SITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR ANY OTHER SUCH HARMFUL ELEMENTS.

If any jurisdiction does not allow for any of the above disclaimers, then this section shall remain enforceable to the fullest extent allowed by the applicable laws.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL GUAES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, ACTUAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY OR ATTRIBUTABLE TO ANY LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF BUSINESS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF USE, PAIN AND SUFFERING, MEDICAL CLAIMS, ETC. ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, ERRORS AND/OR OMISSIONS, RELATIONSHIPS FORMED, MEDICAL ADVICE PROVIDED BY GSN NETWORK PARTICIPATING DOCTORS, ETC. RELATED TO THE SITE, MATERIALS OR INFORMATION ON THE SITE (OR WEBSITES LINKED TO THE SITE), EVEN IF GUAES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION.

All users agree that you will indemnify and hold harmless GUAES, and its Board, employees, agents, and contractors, from and against all claims arising out of or related to your access, use, or inability to access or use, errors and/or omissions, or relationships formed through this Site or the information contained in this Site or other websites to which it is linked, including but not limited to, information or materials, uploaded, posted, viewed or downloaded from this Site or another website to which it is linked. In no event will GUAES or the contributors of information to this Site be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such information.

No Endorsement. You acknowledge that the opinions and recommendations contained in this Site are not necessarily those of GUAES or endorsed by the GSN and/or GUAES. GUAES may provide links on the Site to other websites which are not under the control of GUAES. In general, any website which has an address (or URL) or link that does not contain "GoutSpecialistsNetwork.org" or “GoutEducation.org” is such a website. These links are provided for convenience of reference only.

There is no implied or direct endorsement by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) of the GSN or GUAES, nor does GUAES take any responsibility for the information and opinions of the ACR.

Jurisdiction. This Site (excluding linked sites) is managed and controlled by Havas PR Pittsburgh, a communications firm located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America. The Site can be accessed from all 50 states, as well as from other countries around the world. As each of these places has laws that may differ from those of Pennsylvania, by accessing this Site both you and GUAES agree that the statutes and laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without regard to conflicts of laws principles thereof, will apply to all matters arising from or relating to use of this Site. You and Havas PR also agree and hereby submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the Superior Court of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania with respect to such matters. GUAES and Havas PR make no representation that materials on the Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations, and accessing them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access this Site from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

GUAES, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, MAY MODIFY THESE TERMS OF USE AT ANY TIME. A NOTICE OF UPDATED TERMS WILL BE POSTED ON THE SITE AND AN EMAIL WILL BE SENT TO ANY REGISTERED E-MAIL PROVIDING A) A SUMMARY OF THE CHANGES MADE TO THE TERMS OF USE AND B) ACCESS TO THE FULL TEXT OF THE NEW TERMS OF USE AND PRIVACY POLICY. A USER’S CONTINUED ACCESS OR USE OF THE SITE SHALL BE DEEMED THEIR CONCLUSIVE ACCEPTANCE OF THE MODIFIED AGREEMENTS.

Revised: 10/31/17

Any questions regarding this policy shall be directed to:

info@GoutEducation.org
(412) 456-4300